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News for Stout Alumni, 
Parents and Friends 

Spring 2000 

UW-Stout Alumni Association 

Event benefits both students and professionals 

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'The charrette experience teaches students the 

enormous amount of work they are capable of doing 

in a compressed period of time. When a student 

accomplishes several weeks of work in one day, 

that has a powerful impact on their self-confidence." 

Lindsey Bovinet 75 

A recent collaboration between Interior 
Systems Inc. (ISI) and UW-Stout' s department 
of art and design enabled the university's 
interior design students to gain real life 
experience in an event titled "Design Charrette." 

"This event was an interesting and intense 
brainstorming session to generate concepts for 
a 'real world' project ISI is working on, 
providing students a chance to work with 
professional designers and UW-Stout design 
staff in an intense two-day workshop," said 
Ron Verdon, chair of UW-Stout' s department 
of art and design. 

ISI designs interiors for commercial and 
educational settings. The Fond du Lac interior 
design firm has strong ties to UW-Stout. 
Lindsey Bovinet, CEO of ISI, is a Stout graduate 
and received the university's "Outstanding 
Young Alumni Award" in 1987. According to 
Bovinet, ISI set out to present a workshop that 
would complement the students' academic 
experience with real life experience. 

"We wanted to show students what they 
will actually be doing when they get a job, so 
they are better prepared," explained Bovinet. 
"An experience like this has a profound way of 
demonstrating to interior design students how 
the basics, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, 
printmaking, graphic design and ceramics, are 
critical in preparing them for a career." 

ISI contributed a tremendous amount of 
support for the "Design Charrette," providing 
the expertise of Bovinet, creative director Kari 
Muenster, and designers Linda Ahern and Rita 
Gear. They also supplied materials, a catered 
lunch and reception, honorable mention awards 
and a $500 cash award for the first-place group. 

Students were divided into teams of three. 
Maureen Mitton and Marc Kallsen, UW-Stout' s 
department of art and design, selected the team 
members based on qualifications, distributing 
expertise equally. According to Verdon, this 
process created teams made up of individuals 
who were somewhat unfamiliar with each other 
and emphasized the teamwork approach, which 
is quite common in today's workplace. 

On the first day of the "Design Charrette," 
students participated in a series of short creative 
workshops inspiring them to come up with 
resourceful ideas to solve design problems in a 
brief period of time. "In business there is never 
enough time — deadlines must always be met," 
Bovinet said. "The charrette experience teaches 

students the enormous amount of work they are 
capable of doing in a compressed period of 
time. When a student accomplishes several 
weeks of work in one day, that has a powerful 
impact on their self-confidence." At the end of 
the day, ISI challenged the students to design 
the reception area and conference room 
complex for their offices in Fond du Lac. 

After receiving the floor plan and 
perspective outline the following morning, each 
group developed a design and materials 
presentation. The groups then had 10 minutes 
to present their ideas to a jury. Members of the 
first-place group were Jyneal Radke, Alana 
Skoyen and Raquel Schwieder. 

"One of the things I think we all felt good 
about was that the students really engaged in 
the process. They did a wonderful job and were 
resourceful," Verdon said. 

The designers at ISI actually saw some 
student ideas they plan to implement. "Our 
desire was to get fresh creative ideas," Bovinet 
explained. "That is exactly what we received 
and more. All of the teams, not just the winning 
team, really pushed their thinking out of the 
box to come up with some outstanding solutions 
to the design problem." 

Verdon said ISI was well prepared for the 
event. "It was clear they spent a great deal of 
time consulting their associates and interns, so 
that they were sensitive to the students' needs 
and concerns. What they presented was 
interesting, realistic and narrowed enough in 
focus to fit the time frame," he explained. 

According to Bovinet, the ISI designers 
enjoyed being instructors. "I am a firm believer 
that when you teach you learn twice," he said. 
"Our designers are very proficient at what they 
do, but sometimes they lose perspective on just 
how talented they really are. Being able to 
share their talents with young, energetic learners 
gave our designers a new sense of self worth. 
During the sessions with students, I just stood 
back and watched them work and was very 
proud of them all." 

UW-Stout actively seeks arrangements with 
area business and industry that are mutually 
beneficial. "This was a rare opportunity for 
Stout's students and staff. This project is an 
ideal example of how UW-Stout cooperatively 
engages practicing professionals in the 
educational setting," Verdon said. 


New facility to be the hub 

of campus telecommunications. 

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Partnership Formed 

UW-Stout to provide 

construction risk control education. 

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Awards will honor alums 

at Homecoming 2000. 

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Cutting edge communication 

The '90s brought explosive growth in 

By mid-2000, UW-Stout will boast a new $8.6 million 
three-story building replacing the current 
Communications Center as the electronic hub of the 
campus. It will bring all the campus's information 
technology components together in a single location. 

According to Annette Taylor, campus planner, an 
up-to-date communications building is important 
because of the vast telecommunications and distance 
education needs of the university. 

The university has experienced explosive growth 
in telecommunications, said Joe Brown, Chief 
Information Officer. "In 1993 a consultant reported 
the campus was overworked because we had 300 
devices on the network. We have upgraded to 3,600 
devices now," said Brown. 

Currently, the people who work to keep UW-Stout 
on the cutting edge, Information and Operating Systems 
and Telecommunications and Networking, are housed 
in several different buildings. They will now be able 
to work together in the new building for even more 
efficient problem solving and service delivery. 

"These people really pulled together to fix all of 
the systems," said Brown, adding, "A few years ago 
our network was in a meltdown state." 

The university will use most of the first floor of the 
building for media production and training with an 
imaging studio and standard to high-end computer 
workstations. Faculty and staff will be able to use 
multimedia production workstations at any time to 
work on advanced productions, like streaming video 
over the Internet or making CD-ROMs. 

The first floor will also house the Nakatani Center 
for Learning Technologies, a resource and training 
center for faculty and staff. According to Joe Hagaman, 
director of Learning Technology Services, the new 
space and equipment will enable UW-Stout to meet 
the increased need for faculty and staff training in the 
latest technologies, such as building web pages. 

Most of the web pages will serve students in 

telecommunications on campus 

UW-Stout's new $8.6 million Communications Center will bring all the campus's information technology components together in a single location. 

courses on the UW-Stout campus. But some of the 
pages will be developed into full-functioned online 
delivered courses offered statewide, even worldwide, 
similar to UW-Stout's asynchronous online master's 
program in hospitality and tourism, said Hagaman. 
This new program offers courses via the Internet, 
using a platform called Lotus Learning Space. At any 
time of the day in any part of the world, students 
access courses from their home computer. 

Because UW-Stout participates in both 
asynchronous and synchronous distance education, 
areas on the second floor of the new building will 
include two large classrooms set up for synchronous, 
instructor-led applications. UW-Stout currently 
participates in networks that deliver two-way video. 

According to Hagaman, future distance learning 
will combine the best features of asynchronous and 
synchronous technologies in response to the needs of 
the students UW-Stout will serve. "Many of the future 
learners will be older, working full-time jobs and 

living farther away. They will still want the special 
programs that only Stout can offer. We will be in a 
very good position to provide quality distance 
education opportunities, no matter what direction 
technology takes," he explained. 

Synchronous courses may use web sites to support 
the classroom activities. Asynchronous courses may 
experiment with synchronous features such as online 
chat, document sharing, and back-and-forth audio/ 
video, said Hagaman. 

The university may implement several other new 
technologies, like digital television and wireless 
communication, in the new building. Hagaman noted 
that, in preparation for digital television, all of the rear 
projection screens in the building will have a wide- 
screen format. 

"We want to be on the cutting edge, but we don't 
want to be on the bleeding edge," said Hagaman. "We 
have had to make some judgments on what will be 
significant and what will be just another fad." 

"We will be in 

a very good 

position to 

provide quality 

distance education 


no matter 

what direction 

technology takes." 

Joe Hagaman 

A course to savor 

International wine and food pairing course explores culture as well 

While others were battling January winter whiteouts and 
dipping temperatures in the Midwest, Stout students and 
instructors savored the white beaches of the Mediterranean 
for three weeks. 

Equipped with nearly 120 all- American, top-echelon 
wines, Peter D'Souza and Philip McGuirk, of Stout's 
hospitality and tourism department, taught the first 
International Wine and Food Pairing Course at the University 
of the Balearic Islands (UIB) on the island Majorca, Spain. 

Tolo Hernandez, a UIB instructor, discussed Spanish 
wine and food. Thirty-one students in UW-Stout's hotel, 
restaurant and tourism program and 10 students in the 
restaurant program at UIB attended the class. 

According to D'Souza, the three instructors have not 
found a similar class that is offered for credit at any other 
university in the United States or Europe. 

For five days, the students attended lectures and matched 
wine with food, and cooked with wine in labs. The students 
then spent two days creating lunches and dinners, pairing 
Spanish and American wines with Spanish and American 

Armed with the ability to taste wine and match it with 
food, the group then traveled to see how wine is made and 
sold. They took one field trip to three small family-owned- 
and-operated wineries in Palma, Majorca, and a second field 
trip to three large wineries in Barcelona, a large mainland 

McGuirk and D'Souza said observing the process at the 
large corporate wineries was enlightening, but the people at 
the small Palma wineries really embraced their class. 

"The smaller wineries had great passion for what they 
are doing," McGuirk noted. 

"Yes. The process is the same at both types of wineries, 

but the way they make it is different," D'Souza added. 

At the Palma wineries, students had the unique 
opportunity to talk with the owners, winemakers and 
marketing managers. "The owners and winemakers even 
gave us special tours and walked us through, if you will, the 
process of making wine and champagne. They were very 
open," said McGuirk. 

"They also opened some of their better wines for us to 
taste," said D'Souza, smiling. 

Beyond wine and food pairing, the Stout students gained 
a tremendous amount of knowledge about Spanish culture. 
They were required to take Spanish language classes before 
the trip and had the chance to put the language to practical 
use, communicating with the Spanish instructors, students 
and general public. 

They also acquired an appreciation for Spanish customs 
and lifestyles. A custom popular with the group was the 

"When you go to lunch, you go for at least two hours. 
Almost everything is closed from 2-4:30 p.m., breaking up 
the day nicely," McGuirk explained. 

"It makes sense. Then you are more productive when 
you come back," noted D'Souza. 

Although tourism is a large industry in the Balearic 
Islands, D' Souza pointed out that the local residents remain 
very family oriented. "We made a real effort to be sensitive 
to their culture. They welcome tourists, but they also want 
to protect their customs," he said. 

The 31 Stout students made useful connections with 
professionals working within the tourism industry. Sol Melia, 
one of the largest hotel chains in Europe, sponsored a dinner, 
at which each student received a diploma to commemorate 
the event. D'Souza indicated that the hotel chain plans to 

enter the American market soon, so the students may have 
made potential job links. 

Jafar Jafari and Christine Clements, also from the 
hospitality and tourism department, pioneered the joint 
venture and will host 20 UIB students on the Stout campus 
for a tourism class in April. 

McGuirk and D'Souza hope to expose their students to 
the wine, food and cultural aspects of as many major wine- 
producing countries as possible. The class in Spain will be an 
annual January event. In addition, the two instructors plan to 
offer the class in Sydney, Australia, in June 2001 in 
collaboration with Southern Cross University in Lismore, 
Australia, and will soon travel to Portugal, aiming to arrange 
the class there. Other possible destinations include South 
Africa, Chile, Germany, Italy and France. 

"The more we do this, the more we appreciate other 
cultures," said D' Souza. "We have found that there really are 
no barriers to gaining knowledge." 

"The more we 

do this, the more 

we appreciate 

other cultures. 

We have found 

that there really 

are no barriers 

to gaining 


Peter D'Souza 

Tolo Hernandez, Phil McGuirk and Peter D'Souza 

Stout Outlook 

New majors meet demand 

UW-Stout will offer three new academic programs: technical communication, 
industrial management and an advanced degree in school psychology. 

Technical communication was listed as one of the 20 hottest jobs in "US News 
and World Report," October 26, 1998. UW-Stout' s new bachelor of science degree 
in technical communication will prepare students for jobs that call for high levels 
of communication with clients and customers about policies, products and services. 
Technical communicators are valuable to a variety of employers, ranging from 
computer documentation companies nationwide to medical device companies. 

Graduates of this program will research, visualize, design, develop and oversee 
publication of both print and electronic documents. Technical communicators are 
at work creating training presentations at 3M, safety manuals at Johnson Wax and 
maps at the Mall of America. 

The technical communication degree will provide students a communication 
background and coursework in a chosen technical area, such as health sciences, 
hospitality and tourism or manufacturing engineering. 

In response to the needs of both Wisconsin employers and workers, the new 
bachelor of science degree in industrial management is designed for individuals 
who have completed an associate degree at a technical college and are interested 
in extending their education. The program will produce managers who are 
comfortable with both upper management and the production line, and who deal 
with issues ranging from making policy to efficient production. 

Because today's students are older, working and living farther away from the 
university, UW-Stout offers the program on and off campus with an emphasis on 
delivery off campus using various distance learning technologies. 

Many students will complete general education requirements at one of the 13 
two-year UW Colleges located near their home. 

UW-Stout' s new educational specialist degree (Ed.S.) in school psychology 
meets criteria for certification as a school psychologist by the Wisconsin Department 
of Public Instruction, and is recommended for accreditation by the National 
Association of School Psychologists. The Ed.S. degree in school psychology is 30 
credits beyond a master's degree. 

Most school psychologists work in public education to ensure that all children 
are able to learn and progress to the best of their ability, including children in the 
preschool screening process, and adolescents who are in transition from school to 
work. Jobs are also available in public and private mental health clinics and 
agencies working with developmentally and learning disabled persons. 

information technology a major force 

The new Communications Center, currently under 
construction immediately south of the old building, 
will serve as the campus hub for technology, housing 
such functions as information technology and 
distance education facilities. But it will also serve as 
a symbol of how information technology has changed 
forever many aspects of how we work as a university. 

Today, information technology is a major force 
behind nearly every program we offer on campus. 
Spending hours in front of computer screens is a way 
of life for our students, whether they are making use 
of our modern computer labs or studying at home. 
We are now experiencing the first generation of 
truly computer literate students, and their 
expectations are high for the use of technology as a 
major education tool. 

This spring we have introduced "Access Stout" 
which will allow students to work directly with our 
central database to register for class, check on 
financial aid and determine what additional courses 
they will need before graduation. 

There is another way technology has altered our 
way of doing business: it will no longer be necessary 
for everyone to spend four or more years on campus 
to earn a degree. Although we will always have a 
core resident population on campus, new delivery 
systems will enable us to reach audiences who are 
place bound or whose lifestyles do not fit the 
traditional resident approach. 

For example, in our current biennial budget the 
legislature has provided substantial funding for us to 
expand our graphic communications management 
program in order to fill a need by the printing 
industry for qualified managers. But the additional 
students will not be here on campus, but rather out in 
the communities where they reside. We will reach 
them through distance education and through 

Charles W.Sorensen 

Chancellor's Message 

on campus 

cooperative programs 
for their nearby tech- 
nical colleges. 

The legislature also 
granted us more 
flexibility in how we 
manage our funds, 
allowing us to develop 
custom education for 
business, government 
and education on a 
cost-recovery basis. We 
call this service Stout 
Solutions, a one-stop 

approach to serving the educational needs of external 
audiences. You will notice elsewhere in Outlook 
that we have appointed our first executive director 
for Stout Solutions, who is serving on an interim 

While the use of technology has placed us in 
exciting times, it also presents a financial challenge. 
Everyone who has anything to do with computers 
knows that they are quickly obsolete and in need of 
upgrades or replacement of hardware and software. 
We have received some assistance from the 
legislature on this challenge, but the state alone 
cannot meet all of our needs. That is why we are 
increasingly relying on the generosity of our alumni, 
as well as business and industry, in closing the gap 
between our technology needs and our financial 

Stout has always fostered a reputation as an 
institution that changes with the times. I hope we can 
count on you to help us address the changes that lie 
ahead by continuing to support your university. We, 
in turn, will continue to deliver a quality educational 
product that everyone expects from us. 

Technology bridges perspectives 

UW-Stout and Cerritos College generate cross-cultural communication 

Stout' s College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration 
with Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif., has launched 
an innovative program to bridge racial and ethnic 

"The Wisconsin Idea at UW-Stout and Cerritos 
College" uses video cameras and audio equipment to 
link American history classes at the urban, multi- 
ethnic Cerritos campus with the rural, predominately 
Caucasian Stout campus. 

"While classes are often linked across long 
distances, this is the first time that a learning community 
has been created using distance technology for the 
purpose of facilitating interethnic, cross-cultural 
communication," said Alec Kirby, of the department 
of social science. 

At Stout, nearly 2 percent of the student body is 
Asian and 1 percent is African American. Latino and 
Native American students each make up less than 1 
percent of the population. In contrast, the student 
population at Cerritos College is 45 percent Latino, 26 
percent Caucasian, 20 percent Asian, 8 percent African 
American and 1 percent Native American. 

"Since we are limited in our ability to bring an 
ethnically diverse population to campus, we will bring 
the campus to an ethnically diverse population," Kirby 

Kirby is currently teaching an American history 
course with John Haas, a social science instructor at 
Cerritos College. The two instructors take turns 
conducting lectures and leading discussions. 
According to Kirby, the lectures focus on individuals 
and groups who have suffered oppression in American 
history, from the post-Civil War years through the 
Reagan era. Students have the opportunity to share 

their opinions and perspectives through discussion 

Kirby noted that one challenge to teaching U.S. 
history to a homogeneous population of students is 
that the students tend not to consider how their race 
and surroundings may shape their perspectives. 

"The biases and perspectives that students and 
instructors bring to the classroom influence what 
takes place there. Real learning cannot be achieved 
until those biases are confronted, discussed and 
analyzed," Kirby explained. 

Both instructors encourage students to speak their 
minds and challenge each other's views. "We do not 
intend to obliterate the differences between the two 
classrooms," said Kirby. "If each campus preserves 
its individuality, we have something to discuss." 

The Wisconsin Idea at UW-Stout and Cerritos 
College was named after the progressive reform 
program of Robert M. La Follette, who became 
governor of Wisconsin in 1901. La Follette' s 
Wisconsin Idea centered on the need to modernize 
government for the 20th century and featured attempts 
to use education and technology to solve practical 
problems faced by common people. 

"Our goal is the same," said Kirby. "We will 
modernize education for the 21st century, using 
technology to achieve a better cross-cultural 
understanding. In an increasingly diverse nation, this 
mutual understanding is critically important." 

The long-range plan for the Wisconsin Idea at 
UW-Stout and Cerritos College is to create a three- 
way link between Stout, Cerritos College and Xavier 
University in New Orleans . Xavier University ' s student 
population is 88 percent African American, said Kirby. 

According to Kirby, the links will create a learning 
community between Stout and Cerritos College 
history students and, secondly, between the Stout 
English composition students and philosophy 
students at Xavier University. 

"At points in the semester, we plan to unify the 
triangle and hold discussions that include all three 
campuses on topics that cut across course material 
lines," he explained. 

Students involved in the three-way link will 
become familiar with a wide range of technologies. 
Besides using teleconferencing, students will gather 
information from the Web, communicate with each 
other via e-mail and take part of their course online. 

The idea to link classes with Cerritos College 
sprouted when Kirby and Brian Fitch, of the English 
and philosophy department, met Ana Torres Bower, 
Cerritos College dean of social science, at a national 
conference on learning communities last March. 
"The learning community movement is sweeping 
the United States, and Cerritos College is a leader in 
the movement," Kirby explained. 

Fitch and Kirby have published writings and 
given presentations on methods of using case studies 
to structure learning communities. In addition, they 
have been active in the Bridge program in the College 
of Arts and Sciences that places at-risk students in 
learning communities in order to improve their 
academic performance. 

"The Wisconsin Idea will introduce students to 
new perspectives, bridging a thousand miles and 
generations of racial and ethnic experiences," said 

'The biases and 


that students 

and instructors bring 

to the classroom 

influence what 

takes place there. 

Real learning 

cannot be achieved 

until those biases 

are confronted, 

discussed and 


Alec Kirby 

Stout Outlook 

Global response 

Professor uses Web to share information worldwide 

Amazing things can happen on the Web. Alan Scott, 
an assistant professor in UW-Stout's physics 
department, helped a student in another country win a 
trip to the Antarctic. 

Erick Nilson Souto, a law student at Pontific 
Catholic University (PUC) in Minas Gerias, Brazil, 
first e-mailed Scott in August. He said the Brazilian 
government would award the trip to the PUC student 
who wrote the best paper about the Antarctic region. 

Souto asked Scott for "fresh" and "updated" 
information on the region. Scott said he sent back a list 
of suggested resources on the area. 

Recently, Souto e-mailed Scott to announce he 
won the contest and traveled to "Estacao Antartica 
Comandante Ferraz," a research base in the Antarctic. 

"I didn't really supply him with that much 
information, but I was glad I was able to help him out," 
Scott said. 

The physics department has been using the Internet 
as a teaching tool for many years. Scott's class, 
Introduction to Geology and Soil Mechanics, is one 

of their Web-based courses. He has lecture notes and 
related links on the course's homepage. People from 
around the world have e-mailed him through his 

Scott said some people have questions that he 
could spend three or four weeks researching in order 
to answer them well. "You really have to find a 
balance between doing your best to help them out, but 
not doing their work for them," he explained. "So, I 
send them in a direction that I think could be fruitful, 
but don't spend time writing detailed answers." 

A student studying A-level physics in the United 
Kingdom e-mailed him for information on how 
buildings respond to earthquakes. A civil engineering 
student at the University of Western Australia in 
Perth, Australia, wrote to ask if he could quote Scott' s 
Consolidation/Settlement of Soils paper in his thesis. 

Scott doesn't only get questions. He receives 
compliments, and even some criticism. A student at 
the University of Alberta, working toward his master' s 
in geotechnical analysis and mining, e-mailed to thank 

Scott for his efforts and said he would tell his class 
about the site. And a civil engineer in Turkey said he 
appreciated that the pages were "easy to understand," 
and wondered if he could follow Scott' s lectures from 

A geology student in Spain noticed an inconsistency 
between data on a table and a formula Scott presented. 
"It prompted me to go back and look at it carefully," 
Scott said. "He was right. I checked my references and 
the equation was also wrong in a textbook." 

He sent the student a thank-you note. "I want to 
minimize the number of errors in my Web pages. I 
was fascinated that he was able to spot it," Scott noted. 

Scott plans to cut back his Introduction to Geology 
and Soil Mechanics class to Introduction to Geology. 
The construction program staff, with the assistance of 
the physics department, plans to develop a soil 
mechanics laboratory. The lab will give students in 
the construction program valuable hands-on 
experience. "I haven't yet developed a good way to 
do that via the Web," he said. 

"You really have 

to find a balance 

between doing 

your best to 

help them out, 

but not doing 

their work 

for them." 

Alan Scott 

High-charged research 

NASA project analyzes lightning 

John Rompala, a professor in the physics department, 
began his lightning research at the Kennedy Space 
Center (KSC) during the summers of 1991 and 1992. 
This past summer, Rompala had yet another 
opportunity to tackle his research when he received a 
NASA/ American Society for Engineering Education 
Summer Faculty Fellowship through the University 
of Alabama-Huntsville. 

For 1 1 weeks, Rompala worked with the Global 
Hydrology Climate Center (GHCQ at the Marshall 
Space Flight Center. 

According to Rompala, GHCC's primary interest 
is meteorology. They gather information mainly from 
ground stations and satellites that monitor things like 
rainfall and lightning strikes. 

"At KSC I tried to determine where the electrical 

charge is in a cloud, and how that ties into an electrical 
strike and a lightning burst," he explained. 

Rompala said his work dealt primarily with data 
from four ground lightning detectors spread about 
300 miles apart in the rainforests of Brazil. By tying 
together the information he gathered from the ground 
stations with the lightning data collected from the 
satellites, GHCC hopes to gain a good understanding 
of lightning and what tropical storms are all about. 

Brazil, with the help of NASA, is in the process of 
developing a ground detector system similar to the 
one in the United States. NASA has acquired valuable 
global climate data in return, Rompala explained. 

Rompala called his summer fellowship a "break- in 
experience. They brought me in and showed me the 
ropes." He had the chance to communicate with people 

who were working on projects a little different from 
his main interest. "I am not an 'in the field' sort of 
scientist. I'm a scientist that deals more with modeling 
and analyzing data. I got the chance to learn some new 
techniques in math modeling and writing software," 
he explained. 

He praised the program and the people involved, 
and encourages others to apply for the fellowships. 
"These are such dedicated and talented people, it is 
bound to rub off on you," he said. "You develop that 
enthusiasm and sense of commitment. I hope to bring 
some of that back here to Stout." 

Rompala expects to return this summer to continue 
his research. "Everyone seemed to think that what we 
began last summer should be continued," he said. 

"At KSC I tried to 

determine where 

the electrical 

charge is 

in a cloud, 

and how that 

ties into 

an electrical 

strike and a 

lightning burst." 

John Rompala 

Practical Hmong 

Stout the first UW System institution 

The first formal Hmong language class to be taught in 
the University of Wisconsin System is being offered 
during this semester at UW-Stout. 

Titled Practical Hmong I, the two-credit pilot course 
is for faculty and staff who work with Hmong students, 
for native U.S. students interested in the Hmong 
culture and for Hmong students themselves, who will 
use it to improve their writing skills. 

The course is created and taught by Ken Her, who 
saw a need for such an offering during his involvement 
with the Hmong Student Association. 

Her is an applied psychology graduate student and 
has worked as an adviser in the Multicultural Student 
Services Office for the past six months. His course is 
part of a federally funded program, titled Project 
Teach for Hmong Students. According to Her, the 
program supports Hmong students on the UW-Stout, 
UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse campuses who 
wish to get into the teaching field. 

Herr said the 24-member class might prove to be a 
challenge. "With such a big class, I probably will need 
assistance. Language is so difficult to learn," he said. 
"I have Hmong students who speak the language, but 
need to learn to read and write it. On the other hand, I 
have students who cannot already speak Hmong, so I 
will need to translate." 

to offer Hmong language course 

Her said his class meets many needs. It can help 
faculty and staff who work daily with Hmong students. 
Also, any student interested in the Hmong culture, 
especially those who plan to work with the culture, 
can learn more about it, he noted. 

Her currently collaborates with the early childhood 
and human development and family studies programs, 
because the students in those programs will likely 
work with Hmong children in Wisconsin and 
Minnesota schools. "I hope to create a better 
environment, so English-speaking and Hmong 
communities communicate more about culture and 
history," Her said. 

He also recognized a need to get the Hmong 
language to Hmong students. He conducted surveys 
that indicate the longer a Hmong student has been in 
the United States, the less they retain the Hmong 

"First generation Hmong college students have 
problems with English because they have not mastered 
the Hmong language first," Her explained. "They 
know how to speak Hmong, but not how to read and 
write it." Because English is the first written language 
they learn, Hmong students have trouble translating 
what they hear into a written form, he added. 

According to Her, missionaries created the written 

form of the Hmong language in 1952. Because of the 
Vietnam War, many Hmong did not learn to read and 
write it until they escaped to other countries after the 
war, he said. 

"People in the 30 to 40 age group had the chance to 
learn the written language while they were in refugee 
camps," Her explained. "Then when they arrived in 
other countries, the learning process stopped again, 
because the younger generation focused on learning a 
new language." 

Originally from Laos, Her traveled to a refugee 
camp in Thailand when he was 17. He said he did not 
qualify for legal refugee status because he came "late." 
He was jailed for one year. Her said he then went 
through a four-year process to attain legal status, 
complete paperwork and learn basic English skills. He 
said he also waited a year for the rest of his immediate 
family, but they did not come. 

When he arrived in the United States at age 22, he 
stayed in Syracuse, N.Y., for one month. He then 
moved to Madison to be closer to Hmong communities. 
Also, a friend told him Wisconsin has a good education 
system, and he was interested in an education, an 
interest that eventually brought him to UW-Stout and 
led to the start of this new offering. 

"I hope to 

create a better 

environment, so 


and Hmong 



more about culture 

and history." 

Ken Her 

Stout Outlook 


People You Knotty 

Diane Christie, mathematics, statistics and computer science, and James Maxwell, business, have 
been appointed 2000-2001 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows. Wisconsin Teaching Fellows are selected from 
UW System faculty and academic staff in their first 10 years of college teaching who display strong 
potential to become outstanding teachers at the undergraduate level. 

Sheri Klein, art and design, was named the Outstanding Art Educator in the Higher Education 
Division for 1999 by the Wisconsin Art Education Association. This honor is awarded to a WAEA 
member who has made significant contributions to the division on the local, state and national level. Klein 
was nominated by art teachers in the New Richmond School District. Klein has been a member of UW- 
Stout's art and design department since 1993. She supervises student teachers and teaches methods 
courses. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, and has published her research in national and 
international journals. 

Mary Riordan has been named director of Diversity at UW-Stout, As director she will monitor 
progress on Plan 2008, UW-Stout' s Strategic Plan for Achieving Diversity. Riordan has worked in 
Student Services at UW-Stout for 20 years, as director of the Academic Skills Center and as an adviser 
in the Advisement Assistance Center. She was the adviser to the Hmong Stout Students Organization for 
two years and has been the adviser to the Black Student Union for five years. She has received numerous 
awards from the multicultural students and, in 1998, was the recipient of the University Service Award. 
In February 1998, Riordan was named multicultural/disadvantaged coordinator, and in July 1999 she 
assumed the position of director of Multicultural Student Services. 

UW-Stout delivers expertise through new outreach unit 

Engineering program receives accreditation 

UW-Stout' s undergraduate manufacturing engineer- 
ing program has received national accreditation, a 
milestone recognition by the Accreditation Board 
for Engineering Technology. ABET is the singular 
accrediting agency responsible for engineering pro- 
grams in the United States. 

UW-Stout' s program is the only one in Wiscon- 
sin. Fewer than 20 undergraduate manufacturing 
engineering programs in the United States are cur- 
rently accredited by ABET. "This accreditation is a 
mark of excellence, allowing the graduates from 
UW-Stout' s manufacturing engineering program the 
opportunity to pursue employment alongside gradu- 
ates from other prestigious engineering schools," 
said Pete Heimdahl, associate dean of the College of 
Technology, Engineering and Management. 

Manufacturing engineers, who are involved with 
the production process from product design through 
post-sale service, are in great demand, Heimdahl 
said. UW-Stout began its program in 1994 in re- 
sponse to the needs of the marketplace. A 25-mem- 
ber Industrial Advisory Board made up of influential 
industrial figures helped direct the curriculum. "One 
goal is that these graduates will be able to step onto 
the [plant] floor and be productive immediately," 

said Bob Cervenka, CEO of Phillips Plastics. "But in 
the long run, we expect these people will help our 
entire company become more productive, through 
their knowledge of every step of the manufacturing 

UW-Stout instructors who teach classes for the 
program come from a variety of backgrounds in- 
cluding mechanical, electrical, industrial and mate- 
rials engineering. By taking such a variety of classes, 
the students "are pragmatic, because they are able to 
step into any role" said Dan Bee, director of the 

Students in the program also get extensive hands- 
on experience. At UW-Stout, undergraduate stu- 
dents get the chance to use high-end manufacturing 
equipment, Bee said. During their senior year, manu- 
facturing engineering students take two "capstone" 
classes in which they design products, and design 
and build a system that can manufacture a family of 
parts from raw material to a packaged product. 

The average starting salary for program gradu- 
ates in 1997-1998 was near $40,000. Graduates 
report work with a variety of companies including 
Hutchinson Technology Inc., Kohler Company, 
Phillips Plastics and IBM. 

UW-Stout enters $1.5 million contract 

UW-Stout and Pepsi Cola have entered into an 
exclusive contract valued at $1.5 million. 

"The partnership will provide an additional source 
of money for UW-Stout' s planned recreation com- 
plex, reducing the burden on students and others 
who have made a financial commitment to the new 
complex," said Bob Johnson, executive director of 
Student Life Services. 

In addition, the contract will continue to gener- 
ate money for student scholarships and programs 
offered by the Inter Residence Hall Council, a stu- 
dent government group. 

UW-Stout is the first institution in the UW Sys- 
tem to enter into such an agreement on a campuswide 
basis. "This type of contract is not unusual," Johnson 
noted. "Many universities throughout the country 

have entered exclusive 'pouring right' contracts." 

Under the seven-year "pouring right" pact, only 
Pepsi products will be sold or distributed on univer- 
sity property and at university events. The changeover 
has already begun. 

According to Johnson, Pepsi will also increase 
the number of vending machines on campus to 
provide better service for students, faculty and staff. 
Mountain Dew, a Pepsi product, has typically been 
the campus's biggest seller, he said. 

Money will be generated through "up front" 
money from Pepsi, annual payments from the com- 
pany and sales commissions. A campus committee 
recommended awarding Pepsi the contract follow- 
ing a competitive bidding process open to all ven- 

NWMOC project receives national recognition 

A manufacturing outreach center located at UW- 
Stout has been given national recognition for a 
project designed to increase the efficiency of a La 
Crosse sheltered workshop. 

The project by the Northwest Wisconsin Manu- 
facturing Outreach Center (NWMOC) was selected 
as "outstanding" in the technology transfer category 
by the National Association of Management and 
Technical Assistance Centers during the 
organization's Project of the Year Awards competi- 

The La Crosse shelter, Riverfront Incorporated, 
employs 115 and uses public funds for packaging, 

collating and mailing services. NWMOC developed 
"flow manufacturing" procedures for the shelter's 
button packaging line. Through this process, the 
shelter realized dramatically reduced work in pro- 
cess, yields five to six times greater, cycle time 
reduced from four days to 43 seconds, and floor 
space reduced from 2,400 to 168 square feet. Be- 
cause of these gains, 32 percent of the clients were 
assigned to other projects. 

NWMOC is a partnership between UW-Stout 
and Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin Indianhead, West- 
ern Wisconsin, Northcentral and Nicolet Area tech- 
nical colleges. 

Business, industry and people who need to learn in 
nontraditional settings will reap the benefits of a 
new outreach unit at UW-Stout. 

Called Stout Solutions: Delivering Customized 
Learning and Research, the unit will open the doors 
to new audiences who are not currently served by the 

"Through Stout Solutions, the university's pro- 
gram development specialists, technical delivery 
specialists, marketing specialists and research and 
funding specialists will work hand-in-hand with 
faculty to build programs that meet the delivery 
needs of potential learners," said Christopher Smith, 
interim executive director of Stout Solutions. 

According to Smith, a desired, but not exclusive, 
function of the new unit is to develop specially 
designed education. "Stout Solutions will work 
closely with business, industry and government 
agencies to identify the needs of their employees 
and other nontraditional learners," Smith explained. 
The unit will then build on the experience of faculty, 
such as those who work through the Stout Technol- 
ogy Transfer Institute, the Northwest Wisconsin 
Manufacturing Outreach Center and the Stout Vo- 
cational Rehabilitation Institute, to create educa- 
tional offerings that break learner access barriers of 
place and time. 

"Within the next five years, this unit will help 
position the Stout campus as a leader in the delivery 
of outreach education, and will also put us in a 
strong position to offer education via a variety of 

learning technologies," Smith noted. 

Smith pointed out that many adult and commut- 
ing students, as well as companies interested in 
employee training, are beginning to shop around for 
distance education courses. They can make choices 
based on their educational needs rather than where 
they will need to travel for courses. 

"Computer-based course deliveries are hot," 
Smith said. "Without taking this step, the campus is 
at risk of losing new markets that are reached elec- 

UW-Stout is currently building a new $8.3 mil- 
lion communication center that will house all the 
campus's information technology components, in- 
cluding cutting-edge distance education technolo- 
gies. The campus also recently hired a coordinator of 
Web-based instruction to help faculty enhance their 
traditional courses with Web material, or redesign 
courses for full-online delivery. 

"The new Communications Center is an ex- 
ample of the commitment UW System has made to 
build the infrastructure of the future," Smith said. 
"Hiring a Web coordinator and support staff illus- 
trates UW-Stout' s commitment to build the faculty 
of the future. Stout Solutions is the next level of 
commitment, putting an entity in place that includes 
all the development, delivery, support, contracting 
and research personnel and resources needed to 
build the university of the future." 

Additional information is available at or 715/232-1987. 

Outstanding research recognized 

Charles Bomar has been named UW-Stout' s Out- 
standing Researcher, and Jo Jalowitz and Colleen 
Rogers received the Nelva G. Runnalls Research 
Support Recognition Award. 

Bomar was chosen by a vote of the graduate 
faculty and principal investigators of extramurally 
funded projects during the past year. The Outstand- 
ing Researcher Award recognizes individuals for 
their leadership and significant contributions to re- 
search and scholarly activities. 

Jalowitz and Rogers were recognized for provid- 
ing support and resources to faculty and staff to 
pursue their research and scholarly activities. 

Bomar is an associate professor in UW-Stout' s 
biology department. His primary research interest 
has been on grasshoppers associated with restored 
and remnant prairies in western Wisconsin. His re- 
search has been funded, in part, because of his exten- 
sive collaboration with the Wisconsin Department of 
Natural Resources, the United States Fish and Wild- 
life Service, and the UW-Madison Arboretum. 

These collaborations have resulted in a variety of 
outcomes including the identification of numerous 
remnant prairies in western Wisconsin and the ongo- 
ing determination of insect biodiversity on these 
remnant sites. Bomar has surveyed more than 100 
sites in western Wisconsin and has processed ap- 
proximately 50,000 insects for identification includ- 
ing more than 50 species of grasshoppers in Dunn 
County alone. 

Bomar has served as a partner with the Midwest 
Prairie Invertebrate Survey to identify grasshoppers 
collected from the Midwest. Research has been 
published in national and international journals such 
as "Ecological Restoration North America," and the 
"Siberian Journal of Ecology." 

Through his work with the UW-Madison Arbo- 
retum, Bomar has developed partnerships with six 
area school districts to establish prairie restoration 
concepts in the classrooms. He is a founding officer 
and current president of the West Central Prairie 
Enthusiasts, an organization of more than 150 mem- 
bers who are active in prairie restoration in western 

Jalowitz is the budget officer for the College of 
Human Development and the Stout Vocational Re- 
habilitation Institute. She began at UW-Stout in 
1975 as a receptionist in the Vocational Develop- 
ment Center. Due to the rapid increase in client 
service accounts, she assumed responsibility for 
grants accounting. By the mid-1980s, her responsi- 
bilities had grown into a key role in the fiscal 
management of all client service center grants, con- 

Bomar Jalowitz Rogers 

tracts and their related accounts. 

Jalowitz has been instrumental in developing 
and organizing data and fiscal policies to meet the 
accreditation standards of the Commission on Ac- 
creditation and Rehabilitation Facilities. She has 
also had a lead role in developing a computer-based 
management information system enabling improved 
management of the service operations of SVRI. She 
has had a major responsibility for development and 
design of fiscal outcome measures, including the 
establishment of fee-for-service rate structures. 

Jalowitz has primary responsibility for billing 
and reconciling accounts with state vocational reha- 
bilitation agencies which total more than $1.2 mil- 
lion. She works with principal investigators in the 
development, implementation and closeout of these 
grants. In addition, Jalowitz' duties have expanded 
to include serving as budget coordinator for the 
College of Human Development. 

Rogers is the business manager for the College 
of Technology, Engineering and Management. She 
started her career at UW-Stout in 1978 as a typist in 
the library. She then worked in Rental Resources, 
where she began working with budgets, bookkeep- 
ing and related accounting activities. In 1987, she 
moved to the Business Office, where her duties 
included serving as secretary to the controller, man- 
aging the Business Office' s fiscal records and assist- 
ing with budget development. 

In 1990, Rogers moved to her current position, 
where her duties included developing a computer- 
ized database for school accounts and personnel 
tracking. She assists faculty and staff in structuring 
and carrying out budget requirements for grants and 
contracts at the college level. She also provides 
direct account management for nearly 100 accounts 
and provides oversight to the college's centers, such 
as the Center for Training and Technical Education 
and the Stout Technical Transfer Institute. 

Rogers has been actively involved in budget and 
planning support for many new initiatives in the 
college, including the STEPS program, the St. Paul 
Companies and several technology education grants. 

Stout Outlook 

Stout Foundation Report 

Construction risk control New officers on board 

partnership formed 

The St. Paul Companies - 12/13/99 

The St. Paul Companies, UW-Stout, the 
Construction Safety Council and the 
construction industry have teamed up to form 
the Construction Risk Control Partnership. 
Their goal is to provide educational 
opportunities for current construction 
professionals and to train future construction 
industry leaders who are capable not only of 
efficient and effective project management, 
but preventative job site safety as well. 

"The construction industry is coming to 
understand what we have always known-that 
safety is about behavior," said Dan Murphy, 
vice president-Risk Control. "After witnessing 
the positive impact the University of Wisconsin- 
Stout program is having on the construction 
leaders of tomorrow, the industry is willing to 
invest in it. They now understand that they're 
investing in the future." 

Looking to the industry 

To further this objective and expand the program 
beyond UW-Stout to other universities, the 
partnership is reaching out to the entire 
construction industry for support and has 
requested donations to fund an endowed 
professorship. Miron Construction Company 
has made a financial commitment of $100,000 
each year, for the next three years, towards this 
professorship. The goal is to raise $2 million so 
the program is self-sustaining and independent 
of the university budgeting process. 

This program is a result of the partnership 
St. Paul Risk Control initiated with UW-Stout 
in 1996. After hiring a number of graduates 
from UW-Stout' s construction program, 
Murphy met with John Olson, director of UW- 

Chancellor Charles Sorensen; Dan Murphy, St. Paul 
Companies; and Dave Voss, Miron Construction. 

Stout' s Risk Control Center, and Hans Timper, 
program director of UW-Stout construction 
undergraduate program, to review the 
curriculum. They determined that while the 
program was very thorough on traditional 
subjects such as engineering, project 
management and budgeting, it did little to 
address safety issues. 

Safety and lesson plans 

They decided to work together to round out the 
program, deciding which classes could integrate 
safety material into the lesson plan. The 
curriculum was revised to provide a greater 
focus on safety-the first of its kind in the United 

"What was groundbreaking at first is now 
part of our regular curriculum- and we ' re setting 
the pace for other educational institutions 
throughout the U.S.," Olson said. "Stout 
provided the forum and the minds ready to 
learn. St. Paul Risk Control provided the safety 
expertise and continues to play on ongoing role 
in our curriculum development. It has evolved 
into a true partnership- we both bring something 
to the table." 

Stout University Foundation 

Annual Pum 

Greetings from the phonathon calling team. 
Over the past few months we have worked 
very hard to contact alumni in an effort to 
reach our goals. In honor of the new 
millennium, our goals are to encourage 2,000 
new donors to participate in the annual giving 
program with an overall goal of $200,000. 

We are looking forward to contacting the 
parents of all students this spring. With each 
new year, we look forward to talking with all 
of you about the university and Menomonie. 

Thank you for your continued support of 
our calling program and for your dedication 
to the university. 

Quotes from our callers 

"Working for the Foundation has taught me a 
great deal about the entire University." 

Jess, junior 

"Thanks for taking time out of your busy 
schedules to talk with me and support our 

Larissa, sophomore 

"Talking with the alumni really brightens my 

Shannon, freshman 

Fall 1998 phoneathon callers. Row l(l-r): Michelle 
Hintz, Shannon Witte-Sommerfeld. Row 2 (l-r): Sara 
Merriman. Angie Reynolds, Jessi Bierke and 
Christopher Manka. Row 3 (l-r): Larissa Kaderavek, 
Jessica Meitzel and Julie McMurray. 

"I'm looking forward talking with you about the 
university and upcoming events here in 

Michelle, junior 

On behalf of the entire calling team, we 
thank you and are anxious to talk with you 
again soon. We would also like to send a huge 
thanks out to all of our donors who have taken 
the time to have their contributions matched 
by their employers. We appreciate your added 
support to our program. 

The Stout University Foundation Board of 
Directors, a 40-member board that facilitates 
the fund-raising activities of UW-Stout, recently 
elected two new members, Gloria Kelly '68, 
human resource consultant, Madison, Wis., 
and Gaylan (Gus) Myran, plant manager, 
Phillips Plastics, Eau Claire, at its annual 

Officers were also appointed at the meeting. 
Dale Granchalek '69, first vice president and 
legal counsel for Bank One in Chicago, is the 
newly appointed president. 

Executive committee members include Kim 
Entorf ' 84, immediate past president, principal 
for Bayport Properties, Corcoran, Minn.; Linda 
Funk '76, vice president, vice president of 
marketing for the Milk Marketing Board, 
Madison; Karen Martinson ' 82, treasurer, UW- 
Stout' s business department; and Donna 
AlbrechtBS '68 MS '69, secretary, UW-Stout' s 
technology department. Executive committee 
members serve two-year terms. 

of Recreation 
Complex slated for July 

Recently you received a packet of materials 
about a new UW-Stout recreation complex. 
The brochure highlights all of the programs 
which will be incorporated into the new facility. 

The Menomonie School District, and the 
university have shared recreational and athletic 
space of a period of 40 years. As a result of 
public, community/university meetings to 
discuss and evaluate the current and future 
educational and recreational facilities, a 
comprehensive plan was developed to address 
the needs of all the users. 

Construction on the recreational complex is 
scheduled to begin in July. It will provide 

recreational spaces for tennis, softball, 
volleyball, track and field, soccer and football. 
There will be an indoor climbing wall, basketball 
courts, an area for in-line skating, and soccer 
fields, aerobics, and space for community 
events. For example, Drum Corps International 
has expressed interest in using the stadium. 

The $7.2 million complex will be funded by 
the students, city, school district, county and 
private gifts. The campaign brochure describes 
numerous naming opportunities available to 
donors. See page 14 of your brochure for more 
information on these opportunities. 

Recreation/ Athletic Complex Tile Walkway 

Inscribe your name on a commemorative tile and mark your place in Stout's history. Order a Terrazzo Tile to be inscribed with your 
family name, friends, business or organization. Tiles maybe purchased as gifts, memorials or honorariums as well. Your purchase 
will support the construction of the new indoor-outdoor recreational/athletic complex on the UW-Stout campus while enhancing the 
beautification of the new walkway around the stadium. Show your support of this project by ordering your Terrazzo tile today. Space 
is limited. 

Name _ 

. Class Year _ 

City/State/Zip _ 
Phone ( ) __ 

Payment Options: □ Check □ VISA □ MasterCard 

Card Number 

Exp. Date 

Signatu re 

Engraving Order: 

Fill out the engraving order completely and accurately for proper processing. This order will be used in creating your tile. Text is 
subject to approval by the UW-Stout Athletic Campaign Committee. 

□ 12" x 12" tile {maximum 22 characters on one line) $500 

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Make your tax-deductible check payable to: 

Stout University Foundation, Inc. 
320 South Broadway 
Menomonie, Wl 54751 

For more information or to request additional order forms 
contact the Foundation Office at 715/232-1151. 

6 ♦ Stout Outlook 

Stout University Foundation 


Sonja Marie Bengtson Scholarship 

From a very early age, Sonja Marie Bengtson 
'99 loved clothing, fashion and drawing. She 
chose to attend UW-Stout because of its 
fashion design program. She especially valued 
her exchange experience at the American 
College in London. According to her parents, 
she gained valuable technical and professional 
skills while thoroughly enjoying the 
opportunity to experience the fashion world 
of London. 

In addition to formal educational 
opportunities, Sonja kept abreast of the fashion 
world through subscriptions to more than 10 
fashion magazines. She seemed to have a 
natural gift for fashion trends. In a letter to a 
prospective employer she wrote, "I am drawn 
to this position because I will be able to use 
my creative abilities and strong sense of 
future trends in design and color to assist in 
the apparel designing process." 

Two months after graduating from UW- 
Stout, Sonja died of injuries suffered in an 


automobile accident. Sonja had 
charisma and a powerful spirit. E 
She used these strengths to make 
others feel loved and 
encouraged them to reach their | 
full potential. 

The Bengtson family, in I 
memory of Sonja Marie, has 
endowed a scholarship to fund international 
exchange opportunities for students majoring 
in apparel design/manufacturing. Donna 
Albrecht, a faculty member in the apparel 
design/manufacturing program noted "Sonja 
was a creative designer. She loved life and 
particularly loved her study abroad experience. 
Her energies and talents are missed. We're 
very grateful to the Bengtson family for their 
generosity and their vision to help other students 
further their educational experiences by 
providing the study abroad scholarship." 

The first travel scholarship will be awarded 
in the fall. 

American Edge Real Estate Scholarship 

American Edge Real Estate Services Inc., 
was established September 1989. Initially 
formed as a property management company, 
American Edge has developed into a full 
service real estate company. They provide 
brokerage representing sellers or buyers; 
property management of residential, 
commercial and retail property; construction 
management; general contracting; and land 
development services. 

"The community and real estate profession 
has been good to us, " explained owners 
Emilie and Peter Wiese who have served as 
officers for the local Board of Realtors, 




American Edge 

coordinated fundraisers for the 
community groups and 
participate in a variety of local 
organizations. "We wanted to 
give back something which would benefit the 
students at UW-Stout." 

The first American Edge scholarship in the 
amount of $500 will be awarded this fall. 
Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen noted, "So 
many students are in need of financial assistance, 
and we're very appreciative of Emilie and 
Peter's effort to provide assistance to help 
students earn their degree." 

Kimberly Clark Packaging Scholarship 

UW-Stout is proud of its many partnerships 
with business and industry. Kimberly Clark is 
such a partner and has been a strong advocate 
of UW-Stout throughout the years. Kimberly 
Clark hires many Stout graduates who are 
working in the packaging division. 

In appreciation for the quality graduates, 
Kimberly Clark has established an endowment 
which will fund a $1,000 scholarship each 
year for a qualified major. The first award 
will be presented at the Foundation's 
scholarship award reception in September. 

Rudiger Family Endowed Scholarship 

E. Robert Rudiger earned his BS and MS 
degees at Stout, and an Ed.D. degree from the 
University of Missouri. He returned to teach at 
Stout in 1952 and retired in 1982. While at 
Stout he developed the department of industrial 
teacher education and the Stout Extension 
Program. He was active in professional 
organizations related to the NAITTE, and was 
chair of the Wisconsin Vocational Education 
Advisory Council for eight years. He served as 
the executive secretary of the Stout Alumni 
Association for 14 years and was instrumental 
in establishing the Distinguished Alumni 

Awards program. 

His late wife Ann, also | 
received her BS and MS 
degrees from Stout. She taught 
at Stephens College and at 
Stout prior to her retirement. 
Their daughter, Roberta, | 
received an MS degree in from u lger 
Stout in 1987. 

The Rudiger Family Scholarship will be 
available to students pursuing a vocational 
and technical education major, and the first 
award will be made this fall. 

David Tillman Graphic Arts Scholarship 

David Tillman ' 75 has established a scholarship 
in the graphic arts area. "I am excited to be able 
to create the scholarship for the talented students 
who major in graphic arts," Tillman said. "I 
have enjoyed my career in the field and it has 
given me the opportunity to work with great 
people all over the United States. Jean and I are 
having fun with our young son, Joshua, teaching 
him all the wonderful things the world has to 

Tillman received a BS in Industrial 
Technology and an MBA from the College of 
St. Thomas in 1981. "I have worked in sales 
and management at the B anta Catalog Group in 

St. Paul for 23 years," he said. 
"For years I have had the desire 
to give something back to UW- 
Stout. It is my way to say 
thank you to all the great 
teachers and students along 
with all the life' s little lessons 
I learned during my days at 

Tillman's scholarship will support an 
individual majoring in graphic 
communications management and the first 
scholar will be selected this fall. 


Arland and Eleanor Larson 

Manufacturing Engineering Endowed Scholarship 

Arland Larson worked for McDonough 
Manufacturing during his lifetime and enjoyed 
designing and building machinery for the plant. 
He also built his home. Arland passed away 
three years ago. In his memory, Eleanor has 
endowed a scholarship for talented students 
majoring in manufacturing engineering who 
enjoy the challenge of designing and creating. 
Eleanor worked for many years at Uniroyal 

as a statistical operations officer. Both enjoyed 
traveling after retiring from their respective 
employment. Eleanor indicated, "Arland 
would have enrolled in Stout' s manufacturing 
engineering program if he had the chance. It 
would have been the right major for him." 

The first scholar will be announced this 

The James E. and Kathryn A. Cook Endowed Scholarship 

James E. Cook enrolled at Stout in 1949 and 
received the first Alumni Scholarship Award 
in the amount of $75 dollars. He said, "I was 
always grateful for the help, and in 1949 that 
was a substantial scholarship." Following 
graduation in 1953, he moved to Michigan 
and established the industrial arts department 
at Bangor High School. He taught all the 
general comprehensive shop classes. He 
moved to Monroe, Mich. , and rebuilt the high 
school drafting program. After completing 
his doctorate in 1971, the family moved to 
Battle Creek, Mich., and he was hired by the 
Kellogg Community College. He remained 
there until retirement in 1986. During his 
tenure at the community college, he served as 
dean of instruction, vice president for research 
and development and executive vice president. 

Since retirement, Kathryn and James enjoy 
traveling and participating in the RV Care- A- 
Vanners, helping build homes with Habitat 
for Humanity. 

The first scholarship will be awarded in 

September 2000 to a student 
majoring in technology 
education, vocational 

technical and adult education 
or industrial technology, and 
who is in need of financial 
assistance and has attained at 
least sophomore status. The Cooks 

"The education and training received by 
Stout' s many graduates enables them to do 
great things and be leaders in their field. 
James E. Cook was such a graduate, and the 
James E. and Kathryn A. Cook Endowed 
Scholarship is an exemplary example of a 
graduate coming full circle," said Howard 
Lee, interim dean of UW-Stout' s College of 
Technology, Engineering and Management. 
"The scholarship will enable a student in the 
College of Technology, Engineering and 
Management to subsidize the high cost of 
today' s education. We would, no doubt, expect 
great things from the recipient, as James E. 
Cook has demonstrated." 

Carl and Laura Seitz 

Endowed Business Adminstration Scholarship 

Laura and Carl '47 Seitz, have endowed a 
scholarship for a junior or senior majoring in 
general business administration. Carl was 
president and CEO of Welders' Supply 
Company in Beloit, for many years before 
retiring to Arizona. Since retirement both he 
and Laura have enjoyed the antique business, 
and he especially enjoys golfing almost daily. 
While in Beloit, the Seitz' s were involved in 
the UW-Stout Rock River Alumni Association 
and they currently attend alumni functions in 

the Tucson, Ariz., area. 

Karen Ferree, general business admin- 
istration program director, remarked, "We 
are excited to have the scholarship for this 
program. The general business administration 
program is exceptional, and such a scholarship 
will honor students who are outstanding 
achievers. We are indebted to the Seitz' s for 
their generosity." 

The $750 annual scholarship will be 
awarded in September. 

Stout Outlook ♦ 7 

Alumni Association News 

Mixing technology and tradition 

Great news from your alumni association. Our 
online directory is up and running ! 

So, what does all this mean for you? You 
will now have the opportunity to update your 
record online, keeping us informed of all the 
exciting activities (marriages, births, career 
moves) in your lives. This may also be used as 
a tool to assist you in locating former classmates 
or reconnecting with old friends. Employers 
may post job openings, a great way to recruit 
Stout graduates. 

For more information on how to register 
please see the box below. 

This online directory is another example of 
the tremendous changes in technology. I 
remember (as a child — a very young child) the 
old telephones where you used the crank to ring 
the operator. The changes that have occurred 
was brought to my attention just this past 
weekend. One day F m in the office where I can 
have instant communication with alumni, family 
and friends — an open door to the entire world. 
I can find information about almost everything 
or even shop (a woman 's dream) at the touch of 
a button, and the next day I'm on a sleigh ride 
in the back woods of Chippewa County. 

As the horses were pulling the sleigh deeper 
into the woods, I was reminded of how far we 
have advanced. Although F m extremely pleased 

to use "modern 
technology," I was 
also grateful for the 
opportunity to exp- 
erience a glimpse 
into the past. We all 
realize the import- 
ance of having some 
of each in our lives 
but rarely do most 
of us take the time 
to really experience 
(or appreciate) the 
beauty of what has 
been. I know you've 

President's Message 

Sue Pittman 

heard this before but balance is the key word. 

Stout has maintained that balance. We still 
have the tradition of James H. Stout and The 
Stout Manual Training School, as this university 
is still a 'hands on' institution. We also have 
been fortunate that our leaders (presidents and 
chancellors) have been visionaries and have 
kept UW-Stout on the 'cutting edge' of 

As an alumni, you can be very proud of your 
alma mater. We continue to move forward 
while maintaining our tradition. 

Stout Alumni Online! 

The UW-Stout Alumni Association's online directory is now 
available for alumni to use. A link to the site is available on 
our homepage at, 
or you may go directly to the site at 
pub/UWC/. To use the service, 
you will need to register using 
a personal security code. This 
code is the last four digits of 
your student ID number. This 
number is only used for 
the initial registration. 
During the registra- 
tion process you 
will be prompted 
to choose a user 
ID and password 
for future access. 
If you do not know your secu- 
rity code, the registration screen will prompt you to 
send an e-mail to the administrator, or you may e-mail us at We will send you your security code as 
soon as we receive the message. 

If you have any questions about the online directory, you may 
contact us at 

See you Online! 


Alumni board rewarding experience 

Greetings fellow alumni and friends of UW- 

I am humbled and honored to write my first 
column as president of the Alumni Board of 

Allow me to introduce myself to you. I am 
a 1984 graduate in business administration. I 
work for a law firm in Madison (Quarles & 
Brady) as a government relations adviser. That' s 
a fancy way of saying lobbyist. I am originally 
from Whitehall, and now live in Sun Prairie 
with my wife, Robin and our six-year-old son, 

I spent 14 years working in state government 
and I am in my second year of lobbying, and am 
a very proud and loyal Stout graduate. That 
fondness for our institution, and a desire to be 
involved in the continued growth and 
development of Stout, prompted me to become 
involved as an active member of this board. 

We have a terrific board with broad 
representation. Each member brings unique 
skills and experiences to serve the needs of all 
alumni. We have tried to channel the assembled 
strengths by conducting some pretty significant 
strategic planning to focus on how we can 
better meet the needs of the alumni of this fine 

One area where you will witness our 
extended service and outreach to our alumni is 
through our website. I would encourage you to 
take some time and visit. The address is 

I would also like 
to draw your 
attention to the 
online alumni e- 
mail listing. I would 
like to encourage 
you to add your e- 
mail address (and 
website if you have 
one) to this list. I've 
had the pleasure of 
hearing from a few 
old friends through 

President's Message 

Tom Fonfara 

this listing, and it is really quite simple to sign 

If you have any thoughts or ideas on how we 
can improve the services we provide, or 
suggestions on possible additional services, or 
how the alumni association can be more useful 
to you, please contact either alumni director 
Sue Pittman or myself. 

I would also encourage you to contact us if 
you are interested in participating on the alumni 
board of directors. I think you will find the 
experience very rewarding ! 

In the meantime, we will do our best to 
continue to try and reach out to all Stout alumni 
and provide the services and information our 
alumni expect. 

Vet's Club Reunion - Homecoming 2000 (Oct. 6-7, 2000) 


reception and 

ceremony at 


Student Center 

Send a letter of interest, 

including mailing address to: 

Mike Oliver 

5420 28 th Street South 

Wisconsin Rapids, Wl 54494 

or email 


(Vet's Club Kazoo 


Football game 

Pig roast 

Building High Performance Service Cultures 

May 1 and 2, 2000 • University of Wisconsin-Stout 

Four tracks with endless opportunity for you to blend what's right for you and your company. 
Come gain insights and understanding of what works in our new economy. 

At UW-Stout, we're examining future management strategies for companies whose product is 
service. With your needs in mind, we've combined four of our well known strengths: Service 
Management, People Centered Cultures, ISO 9000 for Service, and Information Technology. 
We've created a conference setting that will provide you with: 

the most current and successful concepts in Service Management 

"best practice" methods and solutions from known leaders in the industry 

a virtual warehouse of tools and information, and 

a "two-way" street for input, exchange, and mentoring. 

At this conference you'll acquire the critical resources to effect positive improvement and 
change within your organization. When you return to your workplace, you will have a toolbox of 
techniques and proven methods to stimulate your people and processes. In addition, you'll 
have the assurance that we will continue to provide support and information year round 
through our established channels. 

Conference Fee 

$399 (Before April 5, 2000) 
$475 (After April 5, 2000) 

For more info contact: 

Debbie Tenorio 

280 Technology Wing, UW-Stout 

Menomonie, Wl 54751 

Phone: 715/232-2145 

Fax: 715/232-1274 


"There's no time like the presen t.^ 

8 ♦ Stout Outlook 

UW-Stout Alumni Association 

Grads celebrate 50th anniversary 


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Twenty Stout grads were present to help John '51 and Beth '50 Robertson Yount celebrate their 50th wedding 
anniversary. The celebration was held August 2, 1998, on Idyll Wood Island in Door County where John and Beth 
own a small summer resort. Row 1 (l-r): John Yount BS '51, MS '61, Bill Albrecht BS '51, MS '61. Row 2 (l-r): Bill 
Teich '78, Lisa YountGoldney'78, KathyStap/etonYount '69, Gerry Er/ckson Wentorf '50, Fred Wentorf 50, Ruth 
Ann Christensen Stai '51, Veryl Sneen Albrecht '50 and Ruth Knowles Scholz '49. Row 3 (l-r): David Koelling '79, 
John Yount II '80, Lynn Goldney '74, George Yount '68, Wally Hammerberg BS '49, MS '54 and Vaughn Stai '51. 
Not pictured: Norma Nelson Hammerberg '49, Jeff Meyer '83 and Jodi Williams Meyer '85. 

Christmas gathering 

A gathering of Stout grads at Grandview Terrace December 1999. Row 1 (l-r): Erika Watrous, Eunice Wedekind, 
Betty Otteson '40 and Phyllis Schwebke '42. Row 2 (l-r): Dick Trezona BS '41, MS 50, Peggy Trezona '46, Edgar 
Watrous, Norm Wedekind '41, Marcia Shirazi, Mehoi Shirazi '67, Art Otteson '40 and Howard Schwebke BS 43, 
MS '48. 

Friends forever 

This group of friends has been meeting yearly since 1952. This was taken at their 47th meeting in 1999. Row 
1 (l-r): Barbara Johnson Perry '51, Charles Mowbray BS '51, MS 57, Jerry Solie, Marilyn Erickson Solie '50 and 
Alice Billiet Ehresman '51. Row 2 (l-r): H. Walter Weiss BS '50, MS '70, Nancy Heartlein Weiss '51, Carolyn Blain 
Mowbray '51, Barbara Pech Urankar '51, Anna Banker Bender '51, Leverne Ablard Senn '52, Lyn McCarthy , 
Willard McCarthy '50. 

Hilton Milwaukee City Center 



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UW-Stout grads working at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. Row 1 (l-r): Brady Aldrich '88, director of loss 
prevention; Laina Truss '95, assistant controller; and Janie Metcalf BS '85, MS '91, MS '96, director of human 
resources. Row 2 (l-r): Tricia Kilpatrick '94, catering manager; and Kristine Knutsen '90, executive housekeeper. 
Not pictured: Terry Houdek '74, senior sales manager; Marie Praefke '98, assistant banquet manager; Natalie 
Jelinek, sales intern summer 1999; and Carrie Rudek, human resources intern summer 1999. 

1959 housemates reunited 

Row 1 (l-r): Louise Grant Sloniker, Sister Janelle Athorp '59 and Dorothy Walter Schneider '60. Row 2 (l-r): Janice 
Weir Wilke '59 and Opal Burton Kunz '59. 

Nominations sought for awards 

Nomination forms are now ready for the James 
Huff Stout, Distinguished, Outstanding and 
Service awards for 2000. 

The Distinguished and Outstanding awards 
will be presented to alumni who are celebrating 
their reunion this year (1960, 1970, 1975, 1980 
and 1990). Those graduates in the classes of 
'60, '70, '75 and '80 are eligible to receive the 
Distinguished Alumni Award, and those from 
the class of 1 990 are eligible for the Outstanding 
Alumni Award. These awards will be presented 
during reunion activities. 

The James Huff Stout award is open to UW- 
Stout graduates of any year, faculty, staff, 
administrators and former employees. The 
nominees should exemplify James Huff Stout' s 
attitude and manner. This award will be 

presented during homecoming activities 
October 7, 2000. 

Friends and living graduates of UW-Stout 
may be nominated for the Service award. 
Nominees will exemplify the mission and 
ideal of UW-Stout in their daily lives by 
promoting intellectual competence, personal 
development and service. 

Nominations for the Distinguished and 
Outstanding awards must be received by the 
alumni office at least two months prior to 
reunion activities, and for the James Huff 
Stout and Service award by August 31. 

If you know of someone that should be 
considered for one of these awards please 
contact the alumni office. 

Stout Outlook ♦ 9 

Alumni in the News 

Grads develop box office 
management software 

Judy Kuehl Martens ' 68, and her husband James 
'70, are the owners of MarTech Systems, a 
company that has designed software for box 
office management, fairs, livestock shows and 

Judy graduated from Stout State University 
with a degree in home economics education, 
and taught high school and adult vocational 
home economics for 13 years. Changes in high 
school curriculums began to limit job 
opportunities at that time, so she returned to 
school and earned a degree in computer science. 

After a year of work as a programmer with 
a telephone company, Judy left and began 
MarTech Systems Inc. on the front porch of her 
home. She was given the opportunity to develop 
a computerized database management system 
for 4-H and fairs within the state of Wisconsin. 

The company has now grown from one to 
1 1 full-time employees, and every county and 
state office within 28 states across the nation is 
using the 4-H program that started in Wisconsin. 
The fair management program, which has its 
roots in Marathon County in Wisconsin, is now 
being used by more than 575 fairs and livestock 
shows nationwide. Some of these shows include 
the National Western Stock Show in Denver 
and the Calgary Stampede. 

Jim taught high school industrial education 
for eight years before accepting a position as 
printing instructor at Northcentral Technical 
College. He taught there for 20 years before 
leaving in 1997 and working for MarTech 
Systems full time. 

While teaching, Jim worked with MarTech 
in the design and printing of all promotional 
and training materials, and also developed a 
system for printing theater seat tickets on laser 

Jim and Judy Martens 

printers. This 
system allows 
tickets to use 
graphic designs at 
an economical 

The Folio Box 
Office Manage- 
ment software that was developed from 
experience in marketing the laser tickets allows 
theaters and other venues to print tickets at the 
point of sale, and to track demographics and 
buying habits of customers. Jim currently is the 
head of this division within the company. 

Judy's education in home economics and 
Jim's background in printing technology have 
both proven valuable to MarTech Systems. 
Judy's education included information on the 
Federal Cooperative Education System. This, 
combined with her personal experience in 4-H, 
gave her the contacts needed to get the initial 
input necessary for the development of the data 
management systems for fairs and 4-H. 

She also conducts training seminars across 
the country and has done many presentations 
on computer software for professional 

With Jim' s background, MarTech is able to 
have professionally designed and produced 
promotional materials without the expense of 
having to go outside of the company for the 
work. His knowledge of typesetting was the 
basis for the development of the ticket printing 
system and, ultimately, the ability to control 
and vary ticket design within the new Folio 

Jim also heads the design and production of 
computer supplies sold by MarTech. 

Historic Playing Cards 

Remember your days at UW-Stout with a fifty-two card deck featuring faculty, staff and 
administrators from Stout's history. Your purchase will help support honor scholarships for 
freshman at UW-Stout. Cost is $10 per deck, which includes shipping and handling. 

Get your deck by contacting: 

Stout University Foundation 
320 South Broadway 
Menomonie, Wl 54751 

Lewis accepts one-year position 
with National Science Foundation 

Ted Lewis BS '74, MS '75 professor at the 
University of Minnesota (UMN), has taken a 
one-year position as a program officer for the 
National Science Foundation. He is on leave 
from the College of Education and Human 
Development at UMN for the one-year position. 
Through the next year, Ted will be giving 
advice on technological education and 
workforce education grant programs, and 
providing an insider's view in both areas. 

Lewis came to UW-Stout with a group of 
fellow nationals from Trinidad and Tobago on 
a government-sponsored scholarship in January 
1972. The government needed industrial arts 
teachers for new comprehensive and junior 
high schools. 

At the time, he was one year into an 
economics degree at the University of the West 
Indies. He had previously graduated from a 
two-year teacher's college in Trinidad, where 
his mentor was Stout graduate Roland Maunday 
BS '66, MS '67. 

Lewis's journey to Menomonie came soon 
after his marriage, and his daughter Rhea was 
born in Menomonie later that year. While at 
Stout, they lived at Fair Oaks married student 

During his time here, Lewis ran track, played 
chess and soccer, and kept close ties with the 
family of Douglas Stallsmith, then professor of 
industrial technology and cross-country track 
coach. He also remembers being intimidated 
by Chancellor Robert Swanson, and trying to 
get out of an international student dinner at his 


house. Swanson would not take j 
no for an answer, and picked 
up Lewis and his family for the 
event himself. 

"The professors at Stout 
seemed to take a special interest 
in the Trinidad contingent and 
interacted a lot with them," 
Lewis said. Their interest has continued over 
the years also — at least three Stout professors 
have visited Trinidad since Lewis' graduation 
at the invitation of alumni, Lewis said. 

After graduating from UW-Stout with two 
degrees, Lewis returned to Trinidad to teach 
high school industrial arts and metal working. 
He also worked in the Ministry of Education as 
a supervisor in a national apprenticeship 
program for recent high school graduates. 

Lewis eventually went on to Ohio State 
University for graduate work in the fall of 1 980 
and received his doctorate in education in the 
spring of 1983. He then returned to Trinidad 
and had stints as a researcher in vocational 
education with the Ministry of Education and 
as an industrial trainer in a large sugar company. 

In 1990, Lewis took an assistant 
professorship at the Minneapolis/St. Paul 
branch of the University of Minnesota, and in 
1998 was promoted to professor. 

Much of his success can be attributed to the 
education he received at UW-Stout, Lewis 
said. "My degree from Stout was really 
instrumental in launching my career," he said. 
All of the Trinidad students benefited greatly." 

A Proud Tradition 


ymn -families 

The Balsimo sisters Braker/Moltzau/Walleen 

(l-r) Dawn Balsimo Cole '91, Stacy Balsimo '95 and 
Gena Balsimo '93 

The Balsimo sisters were on campus at the same 
time and all graduated in the same major - market- 
ing education. Dawn is currently director for Hu- 
man Resources with Papa John's Pizza; Stacy is a 
teacher at White Bear Lake High School in White 
Bear, Minn.; and Gena is an assistant principal at 
North St. Paul High School in St. Paul, Minn. 



The Cordy sisters 

(l-r) Rick Walleen '88, Sharon Walleen Zer-poli'84, 
Sandra Walleen Winter '82 and Susan Walleen Win- 
ter '81. 

Hugh '36 and Orvetta 
B raker Moltzau '36 

Dick and Billie Braker 
Walleen '58 

(l-r) Kathe Jean Balcom '74, Mary Ellen Wedam 
'61, Ruth Cordy (mother) and Nancy Joan Cordy '74 

Kathe currently lives in Pitts ville, Wis., and is 
employed at St. Joseph;s Hospital in Marshfield, 
Wis. Mary Ellen retired in 1994 and now lives in 
Redstone Colo. Nancy Joan works with Dayton 
Hudson Corporation in Minneapolis and lives in 
Brooklyn Park, Minn. 

Braker family Stout graduates include Myrtle Bill- 
ings McDonald ' 1 0, Dean McDonald ' 02, Henrietta 
Braker Harris '29, Douglas Harris '30, Wayne 
Braker '35, Evelyn Adams Suomi '36, Harvey 
Adams '37 and Rebecca Adams Nelson '38. Other 
family grads are Billie Braker Walleen ' 5 8 and her 
children Susan Walleen Stevens '81, Sandra 
Walleen Winter '82, Sharon Walleen Zerpoli '84 
and Richard Walleen '88; Marjorie Braker '79, 
Mark Neubauer '81 and Debra Meyer '79. 

10 ♦ Stout Outlook 

Employer Profile 

/ invironmmlai Dynamics 



In 1991, John Mylin '70 and Bill Benzel '69 
purchased Environmental Dynamics, a small 
company in Sharon that manufactures water 
treatment equipment. Each with about 20 
years of experience in the industry, John and 
Bill were ready and willing to put in the effort 
to make the company a leader in the field. 

With a handful of carefully chosen 
employees, they proceeded to expand the 
business into an industry leader in the field of 
liquid purification, with customers throughout 
the world. 

In 1999 alone, EDC shipped large systems 
throughout the United States and to Brazil, 
Argentina and Turkey. These computer- 
automated systems are used to produce ultra- 
pure water for the electronics industry, 
treatment systems for corn syrup, and other 
liquid purification systems for industry. 
Today, EDC employs more than 75 people, 
including four other Stout alumni. 

Mylin, president of the company, notes 
that EDC is a privately held company with a 
portion of the shares held by employees. He 
firmly believes that total commitment to 
customer needs begins with employee 
ownership in the company. 

"We want our customers to know we 
appreciate their business and must 

W \ ■ ■ 

A ™ Environmental 

A uu *» Dynamics Corp, 

(l-r): Kirsling. Koslowski and Mylin (Kampert not 
shown ) 

continuously earn their confidence and trust," 
he said. 

EDC has been growing at approximately 
25 percent per year and anticipates the growth 
to continue in the future. With the company 
growing as fast as it is, EDC is always looking 
for talented young people to fill new positions. 

Because of the technical and academic 
excellence that has been a UW-Stout tradition 
for more than a century, EDC has hired three 
1999 graduates- Jason Kirsling, Matt Mylin 
and John Kampert. Former Stout student Greg 
Koslowski is also employed by the company. 

EDC has recruited from the industrial 
technology and manufacturing engineering 
programs at UW-Stout, and Mylin said their 
recruiting efforts will continue at the 

Mark Mowbray BS '68, MS '71 is one of 
the shareholders and has been employed at 
EDC since 1995. "Our experience at Stout 
has prepared us to meet both technical and 
people oriented challenges," he said. "I am 
proud to be associated with two generations 
of Stout alumni, and am confident that our 
company's future is in good hands." 

(l-r): Mylin, Benzel and Mowbray 

Schefchik named Menomonie 
small business person of the year 

Brian Shefchik '81 was recently honored by 
the Menomonie Area Chamber of Commerce 
as the Small Business Person of the Year. 
Schefchik is owner and president of Schefchik 
Builders Inc. 

Schefchik Builders was started in 1994 with 
five employees. In the years since then, the 
business has steadily grown, and now employs 
45 people including two project superintendents 
and six key foremen. Several are Stout grads or 
former students. 

From his time at Stout, Brian recalls classes 
he took from Courtney Nystuen. One project he 
is working on involves critiquing Nystuen' s 
work, he said. "It used to be that he would 
critique our work, and now the shoe is on the 
other foot," Shefchik said. 

Schefchik Builders have worked on many 
building projects in Menomonie including 
Junction Mall (Sears), Alternative Healing Arts, 


Center for Independent Living, 
Cardinal FG and the Old 400 
Depot Cafe among many 
others. They have also worked 
on structures in Eau Claire, La 
Crosse, Rice Lake, Baldwin 
and Glen wood City. 

After graduating from 
Stout, Schefchik worked with Menomonie 
Builders Inc., for 12 years. While with 
Menomonie Builders, he was promoted to 
foreman, estimator/site superintendent and 
estimator project coordinator. 

Trying new things in life is something that 
Shefchik firmly believes in. A framed quote in 
his office serves as a reminder of this. It says, 
"You never know how far you can soar unless 
you spread your wings and fly." 

The setting for this little story is at a football game on a beautiful fall day many 
years ago at Stout.... I had just returned from six weeks of off-campus teaching, 
so I found myself somewhat out of touch with the new students on campus. A 
group of fellow Philomatheans were seated together, cheering the team on, but 
were being teased by some strange students who were seated in the row behind 

One of them was wearing an unusual windbreaker that I remembered later 
when we encountered the same fellow in the school cafeteria. He surprised me Halvorson 
when he asked if he could join us at our table, which he did. He wanted to sell his cafeteria 
ticket that he had to purchase as a transfer student to one of us, and he was willing to give her 
a "good deal." While they were dealing, I listened to him. 

I casually said I liked his jacket, which was a striped pastel of pink, pale blue and lavender, 
and was so different from anything I had seen that I couldn't help but remark about it. 

Don... I had learned his first name by now... told me that it was one of a kind, and so was 

Before our meal was over, he had hinted at a date, and something told me that here was 
someone interesting and entertaining. 

We were married in 1944 and celebrated our 50 anniversary in 1994. That is the way that 
particular encounter shaped my life. 

So this is the little story about the pastel jacket, which only this last year was sent off to 
Goodwill Industries. When I saw a pastel jacket advertised in the Sunday paper, though, I had 
to order one for a surprise Father's Day gift for Donal Richard Halvorson! 

Elizabeth Rasmussen Halvorson '43 

An encounter with Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most important women in 
American political history, was outstanding among cherished memories of 
Stout Symphonic Singers on concert tour in 1939. Invited to sing in the White 
House, we felt great admiration for this gracious lady of regal dignity. Her 
friendly warmth and genuine interest in students was a moving experience. 
After our concert in the East Room, we were greatly pleased when Mrs. 
Roosevelt suggested having her picture taken with us on the lawn of the White 
House. We treasured the visual record of this event so significant to the Norton 

We appreciated the vocal training gained in this choral group under the direction of 
Professor Harold R. Cooke, and the association and unity experienced through participation 
in this choral group. 

Coming together for celebration of graduation anniversaries of the 1930s at UW-Stout 
brought into focus undergraduate experiences which contributed to foundations for personal 
and professional lives. While primary recognition must be given to the Stout academic 
program, which has been distinguished through the years by curriculum well-timed to social 
change, the wide variety of extracurricular activities available adds a significant dimension 
to the educational experience offered by Stout. 

Sidenote: I know today's students wouldn't understand our enthusiasm in sharing our 
"rolling hotel." We had three old railroad coaches — two for women and one for men plus a 
baggage car. Two facing seats provided daytime sitting, and with one back made horizontal, 
this became a bed for two at night. We carried our own bedrolls. 

We were the first post-depression group of students, so we hadn' t grown up with elegance. 
When we were in a city, our rolling hotel was parked in the railroad yards. We did have a room 
at the Cairo Hotel in Washington (long gone), so we were bright and shiny in Washington. Of 
course, our "rolling hotel" had a miniature bathroom at each end of the coach. Before TV and 
air flights, this seemed a dandy way to see the country. 

Agatha Norton 39 

In 1941, The Stout Institute was just a name of a far-away college. I was a 16- 
year-old kid with no parents and was living with my sister until I finished high 
school. After graduation in June 1942, I worked for two months in a shoe 
factory (a real attitude adjustment), where I earned $800 and decided to invest 
in college. 

The technical education, along with academic subjects, was a program that 
fit my situation. This probably was the difference between success and failure 
in a tough Naval Aviation program that I was a part of during World War II. Benn 
I returned to Stout after the war and completed my BS and MS degrees. At that time, I was 
the youngest person to receive a master' s degree from Stout. 

The understanding of technical skills, along with the principles of teaching and educational 
administration, has served me well in my life endeavors. These have included raising a family 
of three daughters, high school teacher, construction, Naval pilot, coaching, university pilot, 
associate professor, department head, aviation expert witness, Federal Aviation Administration 
pilot examiner, and election to the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame. 

The Stout Institute has had a very positive effect on my life, and this has given me far more 
than I dreamed possible as a poor kid in the '40s. 

Omer Benn BS '48, MS '49 

Stout Outlook ♦ 11 

Blue Devil Report 

Five inducted into hall of fame 

Four athletes and one coach from late 1980s 
were inducted into the UW- Stout Athletic Hall 
of Fame last October. 

Inductees were golfer Steve Dahlby, 
swimmer Wendy Heineke, baseball pitcher 
Dan Larson, wide receiver Mark Rothwell, 
and coach Sten Pierce. 

Steve Dahlby 

After returning to Menomonie and his 
hometown college, Steve Dahlby led a very 
talented UW-Stout golf team that captured 
back-to-back conference and NAIA District 
14 championships in 1987 and 1988. 

Dahlby returned to Menomonie after two 
years at NCAA Division I Northern Illinois 
and helped Stout advance to their first ever 
national team competition. Dahlby was a two- 
time medalist at both the WSUC and NAIA 
District 14 championships. During the 1988 
WSUC championships, Dahlby fired a 
blistering 69 in the first round, and finished 
with a 54-hole score of 222. During his two 
years, Dahlby was the medalist at eight meets. 

When the Blue Devils were at the national 
meet, Dahlby remembers Stout was the only 
nonscholarship school to make the top 15. 

After graduating with honors, Dahlby 
played on the Florida professional golf tour for 
two years, then became a golf instructor, 
eventually leading him to Troon North Golf 
Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he is 
responsible for all instruction activity. 

Wendy Heineke 

Wendy Heineke was perhaps the most dominant 
swimmer in UW-Stout history. During her 
four year career from 1986-89, Heineke 
captured four NAIA national titles, was a 23- 
time All- America recipient, won 14 WWIAC 

titles, held conference records in three events, 
set 14 UW-Stout records and was the NAIA 
District 14 swimmer of the year in 1989. 

Heineke, a native of Madison, won national 
titles in 1988 in the 50-freestyle and 100- 
backstroke and in 1989 repeated in the 50- 
freestyle and took the 100-freestyle. 

Upon induction into the Stout Hall of Fame, 
her 100-freestyle conference record still stands 
and the 100-butterfly record was just broken 
during the 1998-99 WIAC swimming 

Heineke, a hospitality and tourism graduate, 
currently resides in San Diego, where she is the 
general manager of a Marriott Residence Inn, 
a facility she assisted in opening. Heineke has 
been employed by Sunstone Hotel Properties 
for seven years, quickly moving through the 
ranks, and has been the general manager at 
three properties. 

Dan Larson 

Dan Larson made his name known with two 
stints on the diamond at UW-Stout. 

An all- conference pitcher in 1982 and 1983, 
and again in 1988 and 1989, Larson, a 
Boyceville native, was a dominant left-handed 
pitcher who still holds school records for most 
victories pitched (24), most strikeouts (147), 
most games pitched (4(5), and is second in most 
innings pitched (203). 

A three time All-District player, Larson 
was named the District IV player of the year in 
1989, as he helped Stout to the NAIA World 
Series where the team placed seventh. 

Larson currently resides in Menomonie, 
where he coaches the local American Legion 
baseball team and works with numerous youth 
recreation programs. 

He is a business education instructor at 






Wabasha- Kellogg (Minn.) High School, where 
he has coached baseball and football. Larson 
was also an assistant baseball and football 
coach at Stout in 1993. 

Mark Rothwell 

In just two seasons (1987 and 1988) with the 
Blue Devils, wide receiver Mark Rothwell set 
school records that stood for 10 years. His 
marks of most touchdown receptions in a sea- 
son (9) and most touchdown receptions in a 
game (3) were just erased from the top spot 
last season. Rothwell still holds the mark for 
most receiving yards in a single game (21 3). 

A 1988 GTE Academic All-America and 
an NAIA Scholar- Athlete, Rothwell was named 
second team All- America in 1987 and was 
team MVP in 1988. 

Rothwell signed professional free agent 
contracts with the Cincinnati Bengals and the 
Green Bay Packers. He played professionally 
with Aquile Ferrara in the Federation of Italian 
American Football (FIAF), where he was three 
times named the team MVP and set six league 
records in a three-year career. 

Rothwell currently resides in Dunwoody, 
Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, where he is employed 
by Coca-Cola as the manager of brand 
development for the Sprite product line. 

Sten Pierce 

Sten Pierce came to Stout in 1965 as the head 
wrestling coach and an assistant football coach. 
During his tenure as wrestling coach from 
1965-72, the Blue Devils won two conference 
championships — in 1966 and 1970 — 
produced 10 conference champions, five 
national qualifiers and five All- Americans. 

Pierce was named the WSUC and NAIA 
District 14 wrestling coach of the year in 1966 
and 1970. Pierce also helped in the development 
of John Peterson, who went on to win Olympic 
gold and silver medals. 

Pierce took over as head football coach in 
1970, coaching the Blue Devils until 1976 
where he produced two All-Americans and 
five first team all- conference picks. 

Pierce picked up the golf clubs in the mid- 
1980s, coaching the Blue Devils to three 
consecutive conference titles in 1987, 88, and 
89, and NAIA District 14 titles in 1988 and 89. 

Pierce retired as a full-time professor in the 
UW-Stout physical education department in 
1995, but continued to teach on a part-time 
basis until his death in February 1999. 

Pierce was an active member of the 
Menomonie Lions Club since 1970. An avid 
outdoorsman, he was a member of Pheasants 
Forever and Ducks Unlimited. 

Fall 1999 Season Review 

Excitement is always in evidence when UW-Stout 
athletic teams take the field or court, and the 1999 
fall season was no different. 


A new coach and a new way of looking at the sport 
for the Blue Devil soccer team, as the Blue Devils 
finished with a 6-12 overall record under first year 
coach Dave Morris. 

It took a few games for the Blue Devils to get in 
full gear, but once they did, it was off to the races as 
Stout won four of their last eight games and kept a 
couple of pretty impressive teams in check before 

Stout had their biggest offensive explosion ever 
in a 12-0 rout of UW-Superior, Oct. 2. Becky Howard 
(So., Wauwatosa) was named the conference player 
of the week after dishing off five assists — a 1999 
NCAA Division III season high - and scoring two 
goals. Nellie Sivertsen (Fr., River Falls) and Jessica 
Unterweger (So., Nashotah) both scored hat tricks. 

Sivertsen finished the season with 14 goals, 
tying the school season record, and Howard recorded 
a school record 11 assists. Both were named to the 
all-conference team. 


Frustrating was the only way to look at the Blue 
Devils' 2-8 season, a season where with a play here, 
a play there, and it could have been at least a .500 

The Blue Devils started off the season with a 
bruising ground attack in a 48-27 win over UM- 
Morris as Stout racked up a school record 622 total 
yards. But that was followed up with an overtime 
four-point loss to UW-Stevens Point in the conference 

The Blue Devils did pick up a win over arch- 
rival UW-Eau Claire when kicker Kevin McCulley 
(Jr., Fond du Lac) booted a 3 3 -yard field goal with 
15 seconds remaining for a 22-20 win at Eau Claire, 
and Stout could maintain bragging rights for another 

McCulley, the team' s leading scorer, was an all- 
conference first team pick, as was offensive lineman 
Jason Nesbitt (Sr., Burlington). 

Named to the second team were center Jeff 
Hutter (Jr., Beldenville), wide receiver Jesse Diaz 
(Sr., Cottage Grove), nose guard Mike Purfeerst 
(Sr., River Falls), linebacker Jamie Spielman (So., 
Menomonie), and free safety Eric Lund (Jr., Ashland). 

Named as honorable mention were fullback Ryan 
Patt (Sr., North Fond du Lac), linebacker Steve 
Miller (Jr., Lodi), cornerback Tony Beckham (So., 
Ocala, Fla.) and strong safety Jeff Opichka (Sr., 


The Blue Devils leaned on its defense to finish with 
a 17-13 overall record, their third consecutive winning 
record, and a fourth place conference finish. 

Stout logged 214 total blocks on the season and 
1,665 digs. 

Jenny Kraczek (Sr., Blaine, Minn.) and Brooke 
Palmer (So., Mantorville, Minn.) were named to the 
all-conference honorable mention team. Kraczek 
wrapped up her career with a school record 4,464 
career assists. Palmer, a transfer from Southwest 
State, had 270 kills and 96 total blocks. 

Tori Feit (Sr., Rushmore, Minn.) put the finishing 
touches on her career with a team-high 370 kills and 
94 total blocks. 

Men's Cross Country 

When UW-Stout' s Tim Hamill (Sr., Brookfield) 
decided to redshirt last year's cross country season, 
his goal was to give himself an extra year to compete 
at the NCAA Division III Cross Country 
Championships - and Hamill achieved that goal. 
Hamill placed 153rd at the national meet in his 
second best time of the season. Hamill was the Blue 
Devils' top finisher at the conference meet, placing 
20th. Eric Hanson (Sr., Winona, Minn) was 37th 
(26:00.41), Dave Huber (Fr., Mendota Heights, 
Minn) 38th (26:00.64) and Clint Latz (So., Lublin) 
43rd(26:06.15). Stout was seventh at the conference 
meet and 10th at the regional meet. 

Women's Cross Country 

Following the loss of two All-America runners, the 
Blue Devils needed to change their philosophy 
somewhat for the 1999 season, and coach Carlene 
Hochhalter liked what she saw in her charges. 
Seniors Katie Kuffel (Minneapolis, Minn.) and 

Jen Bahr (Forest Lake, Minn.), sophomore Amy 
Arndt (Lakeville) and freshman Lisa Sorvala (New 
Brighton, Minn.) juggled their positions all season 
as the Blue Devils' top runners. Sorvala placed ninth 
at the conference meet, and Arndt was Stout's top 
finisher at the regional meet. 

Stout finished sixth at the conference meet and 
13th at the regional meet. 


When first year coach Keri Rocha took over the Blue 
Devil tennis program as the third head coach in three 
seasons only a few weeks before the season began, 
she knew she would need to work to rebuild the team 

By the end of the season, Rocha believes the 
team concept was evident in her team. 

After the upcoming spring season, Rocha will 
need to continue to build up the team with the loss to 
graduation of senior Lauren Mader (Neenah). Mader 
finished her career with a 43-19 overall singles 
record and was the teams' No. 1 player for the last 
three seasons. 

To follow the Blue Devils in more detail, visit 
the UW-Stout athletic web page often. Up-to- 
date statistics, game stories, photos and 
much more are available at 

12 ♦ Stout Outlook 

Alumni News 

Class Notes 


Phyllis Horning Griffith '53, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, 
was recently installed as president of the American 
School Food Service Association. Marilynn Watts 
Whitfield '60 is co-owner of Corporate Printing, 
Glen view, 111. Avalene Drake Swanson '61, New 
Richmond, has retired from Wisconsin Indianhead 
Technical College as assistant manager of continu- 
ing education. Arvid Kamm '62, Albuquerque, N. 
Mex., has been listed in Who's Who of Leading 
American Executives. He is the New Mexico man- 
ager of Road Machinery Co. Ruth Lorch Schaffner 
BS '62, MS '71 has retired from Fountain City 
Public Schools. She was a family and consumer 
education teacher. Barbara Cook '63 is an admin- 
istrative services assistant at Harbour's Edge Re- 
tirement Home, Delray Beach, Fla. Joseph '63 and 
Beverly Prahl Dietenberger '64 have moved to 
North Freedom, Wis. Joe has retired after 36 years of 
teaching, 33 of them with the Ashwaubenon School 
District. Kenton Schmidt BS '69, MS '70, 
Manitowoc, has retired after 29 years of teaching 
technology education. His last years of teaching 
were at South Division High School, Milwaukee. 


Bird Norton Derrick '70, Rigby, Idaho, has earned 
a master of education in human resource training and 
development from Idaho State University. In October 
she served on a task group to write standards for 
beginning professional/technical educators in Idaho. 

James Gregersen '71, Racine, recently com- 
pleted training to become a certified QS-9000 audi- 
tor. Dana Jackson '71, Ashland, has been named a 
member of the newly formed North Central Wiscon- 
sin Workforce Development Board. Jackson is cur- 
rently director of education and JTPA director for 
the Wisconsin Indian Consortium. Paul Rabbitt 
'71, Hermosa Beach, Calif., is president of Rabbitt 
Analytics, a stock market research company. 

Daniel Cook '72 has been named operations 
manger at NCS/Documents Division, Austin, Texas. 
Delores Bitner Morud '72 is manager of training 
and development at Treasure Island Resort and 
Casino, Red Wing, Minn. 

Richard BurdickBS '74, MS '76, Greendale, is 
marketing education coordinator for Racine Unified 
School District. Susan Hugg Malingowski '74, 
Oconto Falls, was selected the 1999 Middle School 
Teacher of the Year for the Oconto Falls Area 
School District. She has been a family and consumer 
education teacher at Oconto Falls since 1976. Rev. 
Nancy Wigdahl '74 is system director for spiritual 
care at Health East, St. Paul, Minn. 

Patricia Scheibel Vollrath '75, Sturgeon Bay, 
is an elementary guidance counselor for Sturgeon 
Bay Public Schools. 

Holly Hubbell '76 is a contract specialist with 
the Military Sealift Command, Department of the 
Navy, Washington, D.C. 

Donald Thomas '77 was named a principal of 
the firm, BWBR Architects, St. Paul, Minn. He is 
currently director of interior design. 

Walter Peterson '78, Powder Springs, Ga., is 
sales manger at Seaquist Closures. Kit Hoffman 
Werner '78 was promoted from associate lecturer 
to lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens 
Point. Kit teaches full time in the Food and Nutrition 
Department, which is part of the School of Health 
Promotion and Human Development. 

Lynelle Stone '79, Burnsville, Minn., is an 
E.B.D. instructor for Farmington I.S.D. 192. 


Robert Briese ' 80, Mequon, is owner of the Chalet 
Motel and Breeze Inn which was named 1999 Busi- 
ness of the Year by the Mequon-Thiensville Cham- 
ber of Commerce. Terry Daniels MS '80, St. Paul, 
Minn., was recently elected vice president of the 
Minnesota Chapter of Certified Residential Special- 
ists (CRS). CRS is the top designation for a residen- 
tial realtor and held by only five percent of all 
realtors. Terry will serve as the organization's presi- 
dent in 2001. 

Jane Dedering ' 8 1 has been named senior asso- 
ciate at Engberg Anderson Design Partnership Inc., 

Milwaukee. Rhonda Johannesen '81, State Col- 
lege, Penna., was promoted to vice president of 
campus services, College Park Communities, the 
largest owner/operator of student housing and re- 
lated services in the United States. Ruth Neubauer 
Schafer '81 and '94, Eau Claire, is a family and 
consumer education teacher at Loyal High School. 

Steve Brady BS '82, MS '87 is an industrial 
technology teacher at Eagle Ridge Junior High 
School, Savage, Minn. Larry McGraw '82 is a 
project engineer for Scimed/Boston Scientific Inc., 
Maple Grove, Minn. Jeffrey VanHara '82, Pleas- 
ant Prairie, is director of customer service at Bowne 
of Chicago. 

Toni Jensen Moore '83 is a leisure travel spe- 
cialist for Sato Travel, Fort McCoy. She is also a 
part-time instructor at Western Wisconsin Techni- 
cal College and the youth director at Sparta United 
Methodist Church. 

Kirk Kamish ' 84 is the owner/operator of High- 
land Farm, Atlanta, Ga. John Link ' 84 is a manufac- 
turing manager for Jarp Industries, Schofield. Connie 
Dorschel Ludy ' 84 is a systems analyst with Asso- 
ciated Banc-Corp Services Inc., Green Bay. Vicki 
Matheys '84 is the owner/operator of Wee-B-Kids 
Child Care Centers Inc. , Brookfield. Joanna Shager 
Schulz MS '84, Delavan, Minn., is a licensed psy- 
chologist celebrating ten years in private practice. 
After mediation training, Joanna is now a qualified 
neutral in alternative dispute resolutions for the state 
of Minnesota and has opened Hopeful Solutions 
Mediation in Blue Earth, Minn. 

Jeffrey Bzdawka ' 85 is senior vice president at 
Pegasus Systems Inc., Dallas, Texas. Joel Kirchner 
MS '85 is a psychologist with Lifespan Behavioral 
Health Services, Eagan, Minn. Steven Mais '85, 
Marshfield, is a loan officer for Pioneer Bank. 

Edward Chase '86 is a senior consultant for 
Power 2000, Naperville, 111. Sheila Geere ' 86, Colo- 
rado Springs, Colo., has earned a master's in special 
education from the University of Colorado. She is a 
special education teacher for Widefield District #3/ 
Pinello Elementary. James Hanson MS '86 is chair 
of the psychology department at Grand View Col- 
lege, Des Moines, Iowa. Warren Jenquin '86 is 
general manager of Arby's/Sbarro, Menomonie. 
Mark Pasbrig '86, Elk Grove Village, 111., is a 
professor at Roosevelt University where he teaches 
accounting and computer courses. Robert '86 and 
Katherine Leuck Vincent '88 reside in Amery. 
Robert is a math teacher at Amery High School; 
Katherine teaches family and consumer sciences at 
Rice Lake High School. Blaine '86 and Michelle 
Migas Yost ' 86 reside in Appleton. Blaine is general 
manager at Curwood Specialty Films; Michelle is a 
stay-at-home mom. 

Adrian Amelse '87, Saratoga, Calif., was pro- 
moted to product line marketing manager at Cisco 
Systems. GeraldFedieBS '87, MS '88,Chanhassen, 
Minn., is national safety director at Adolf son and 
Peterson Construction. Susan Braatz Kerby '87 is 
the owner of Tonn's Inc./Taco Bell, Stevens Point. 
She received the "Golden Bell's Best" award in 
1998. Scott Ledermann '87, Waukesha, was pro- 
moted to product engineering manager at Norstar 
Aluminum Molds Inc. Karen Nielsen-Traynor '87, 
Knapp, is the chief financial officer for Baldwin 
Area Medical Center. Mary Riordan MEPD '87, 
Menomonie, has been named director of diversity at 
University of Wisconsin-Stout. 

Jay Dengel '88 is production manager for 
Chartwells Campus Dining, Minnesota State Uni- 
versity-Mankato. Sonja Grauze Gella '88 has been 
promoted to assistant controller at Centex Homes, 
Minnetonka, Minn. Patrick Hansen '88 is assistant 
general manager at Miramonte Resort, Indian Wells, 
Calif. Jill Dhein Minette '88 is assistant clinical 
dietetic director at Mayo Medical Center, Roches- 
ter, Minn. MarkToelleBS '88, MS '92, Shullsburg, 
is a middle school principal for Black Hawk School 
District. Ginny Williams MS '88 is a guidance 
counselor at P.J. Jacobs, Stevens Point. Peter Young 
BS '88, MS '94, is the coordinator of the Coopera- 
tive Career Training Program and the Registered 
Youth Apprenticeship Program at Wright Technical 
Center, Buffalo, Minn. 


Barbara Bahn ' 89 is a Montessori teacher at Morist 
Brothers International School in Kobe, Japan. James 
Barnard '89, Franklin, received a master of science 
degree in organizational leadership and quality in 
May 1999. He is an industrial engineer with Daimler 
Chrysler Corp., Kenosha. Jeff Daniel '89 is a pro- 
gram manager with Manufacturers' Services Ltd., 
Arden Hills, Minn. Letha Fritsch ' 89 is a foods and 
nutrition and foodservice teacher at Batavia High 
School, Batavia, 111. Mark Glen BS '89, MS '96 is 
a clinical dietitian with Mayo Medical Center, Roch- 
ester, Minn. Wendy Heineke '89 was inducted into 
the UW-Stout Hall of Fame for swimming. She is 
general manager of the recently opened Marriott 
Residence Inn in downtown San Diego. Andrea 
Jenke Pfeifer ' 89 is a family practice physician at 
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Au- 
gusta, Ga. Christopher Riba '89 is a training spe- 
cialist with Northland Insurance Co., Eagan, Minn. 
Sarah Schneider ' 89 is a senior buyer for ShopKo 
Stores, Green Bay. 

Scott Bauer '90, Danville, Ky., is regional sales 
manager for Tracker Marine. Brenda Eske 
Doppenberg MS '90 is an evaluation case coordina- 
tor for Hope Haven Inc., Rock Valley, Iowa. Debra 
Zabel Herrmann '90 is the scheduling secretary at 
St. Luke's Lutheran Care Center, Blue Earth, Minn. 
Jennifer Denis Hoefler '90, is a parts marketing 
representative for John Deere Worldwide, Raleigh, 
N.C. Sarah Kist-WittlM '90, Mt. Horeb, was pro- 
moted to independent sales director for The Pam- 
pered Chef. Stacie Furth O'Malley '90, Cooper 
City, Fla., is southeast regional manager for Tommy 
Hilfiger USA. Kevin '90 and Kristine Knutsen 
Zimdars '90 reside in Menomonee Falls. Kevin is a 
manufacturing engineer for Broan-NuTone LLC, 
Hartford; Kristine is director of housekeeping for 
the Milwaukee Hilton City Center. 

Becky Wisnicky Cote '91 is the owner/vice 
president of Cote's Quality Services Inc., Charlotte, 
N.C. Diane Gosewisch '91, Northglenn, Colo., is 
the store manager at Gart Sports. Lynn Marsolek 
Helbing '91 is the manager of Nancy's Notions 
Retail Store, Beaver Dam. Beth Milsten '91 is the 
owner of Executive Girl Friday, San Diego, Calif. 
Jennifer Scharmer Noll ' 9 1 , is a production coordi- 
nator for West Group, Eagan, Minn. GinaRostagno- 
Wallat '91, Canton, Mich., is a corporate law attor- 

Laurie Franzen '92, Richardson, Texas, is sales 
manager at the Holiday Inn Select Dallas Central. 
James '92 and Jenny Mahlkuch Gilbertson '93 
reside in Prior Lake, Minn. James is employed by 
Cybex Computer Products Corp.; Jenny is a sales 
representative for Meyers Communication Services, 
Minneapolis, Minn. Donald Gossen '92 was pro- 
moted to director of manufacturing at Davidson 
Printing Co., Duluth, Minn. Lisa Joslin Miller '92 
is a computer instructor at Hamilton College, Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. Brad Schnabl '92 is a customer 
service representative for Graphic Packaging Inc., 
Wausau. Terri Tretsven '92 is general manager of 
Holiday Inn Campus Area and Colbys Grille, Eau 


Carolyn "Ally" Williams Adams '93, Stoughton, is 
a facility planner at Madison Area Technical Col- 
lege. Krista Bethke '93 is a pattern maker for Aero 
Design Manufacturing, Duluth, Minn. Todd Chris- 
tian '93 is a senior industrial engineer with Wells 
Manufacturing, Woodstock, 111. Julie King Eide 
'93, Austin, Minn., is a sales representative for 
McNeil Consumer Healthcare. Kim Kozicki 
Flottemesch '93 is an instructor at the University of 
Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. Chad Greenquist BA '93, 
MS '99 is a sales representative for Meyers Printing 
Co., Minneapolis. Craig Harsch '93 is a quality 
engineer for Grede Foundries Inc., Reedsburg. Kristi 
Lekies MS '93 was awarded a doctorate in human 
development and family studies from Iowa State 
University at December 1998 commencement exer- 
cises. Currently, she is the research associate with 
the Cornell early childhood program at Cornell 
University, Ithaca, N.Y. Michael Runnels '93, 

Madison, is a consultant for Compete Inc. Thomas 
'93 and Roxann Rhodes Vanderwyst '94 reside in 
Altoona. Thomas is truss plant manager for Midwest 
Manufacturing; Roxann is an economic develop- 
ment specialist with the Eau Claire Area Industrial 
Development Corp. Sarah Plappert Zeinemann 
'93, Aurora, Colo., has received a master's degree in 
early childhood education from the University of 

Paul Hartmann '94, Random Lake, is a process 
engineer at Kohler Co. Andrea Hougaard '94, 
Burnsville, Minn., is a sales representative for H. J. 
Heinz. Rebecca Pillath '94, Lena, is an account 
executive with Option One Mortgage Corp. Melissa 
Thomas '94, Los Angeles, Calif., is an art director/ 
designer for Derek Vohs ' 94, Madi- 
son, was accepted into Madison's Art Fair on the 
Square (one of the Midwest's largest juried art 
shows) in July 1999. He was recently promoted to 
shop manager at William Thomas Designs. 

Mitchell Kersten '95 is a manufacturing engi- 
neer with KI, Manitowoc. James King '95, Racine, 
is a firefighter/paramedic with the Mt. Pleasant Fire 
Department. Ann Gardner Kinney BS '95, MS '98 
is a therapist at Crittenton Northland, Gladstone, 
Mo. William Mclntyre '95 is a manufacturing 
engineer for Fulton Performance Product, Mosinee. 
Brooke Posard '95, Minneapolis, is an interactive 
designer with Duffy Design. Derek '95 and Sarah 
Kiel Schladweiler '96 reside in Sartell, Minn. Derek 
is a project coordinator/estimator for S.J. Louis 
Construction Inc.; Sarah is advertising/media coor- 
dinator at Herberger's Corporate. Tasha Peck 
Schmidt '95 is a social worker at Taylor Home 
Alternative School, Racine. Gina Vogelpohl 
Smiskey '95, Chippewa Falls, is Wisconsin field 
supervisor at Del- Jen Inc., U.S. Department of La- 
bor. Joseph Vander Wielen '95, Appleton, is a 
pressroom supervisor for Ameri Print Graphics. 
Mark Veenendaal '95 is a project engineer with 
PCL Construction Services Inc., Burnsville, Minn. 

Kevin '96 and Amy Larson Baas '99 reside in 
Burnsville, Minn. Kevin is a technology education 
teacher at Bloomington Kennedy High School; Amy 
is a graphic designer for Regis Corp. Sean Borgardt 
BS '96, MS '97 is corporate safety coordinator for 
Bemis Flexible Packaging, Oshkosh. Lisa Andrew 
Burkhart BS '96, MS '97, Oakdale, Minn., is a 
trainer for U.S. Bancorp. Victoria Houle MS '96 is 
a management training and organizational develop- 
ment specialist for First American Real Estate Infor- 
mation Services, St. Petersburg, Fla. Susan Johnson 
'96, Madison, is a regional field consultant for 
International Dairy Queen. Jennifer Kelley Kemp 
'96 is a community sales representative with Alterra 
Healthcare Corp., Rochester, Minn. Keith Knuth 
'96, Eagan, Minn., is a project manager for Data 
Collection Systems Inc. Holly Liimatta '86 is an 
accountant for the University of Minnesota Book- 
stores, Minneapolis. Lisa Kelly McCann BS '96, 
MS '99, North Hudson, is a vocational evaluator for 
Goodwill Easter Seals. Laura Murphy '96, Cleve- 
land, Ohio, was promoted to director of human 
resources at the Wyndham Cleveland Hotel, Play- 
house Square. Deanne Post BS '96, MS '98, Hudson, 
is a junior high guidance counselor for South Wash- 
ington County School District. Kenneth Schaefer 
'96 is the development director at St. Joseph Catho- 
lic Church, Rice Lake. 


Joshua DeBroux BS '97, MS '99, is a safety engi- 
neer with MJ Electric, Iron Mountain, Mich. Deena 
Neubauer '97, Stillwater, Minn., is employed by 
Business Recruitment Worldwide. Nicole Stepnik 
'97, Oconomowoc, is dietary coordinator at 
Watertown Memorial Hospital. Kira Wilson '97, 
Poynette, is a medical sales representative for Mead 

Jane Accola '98 is a programmer/analyst at 
Retck Retail Solutions, Minneapolis, Minn. Sara 
Adams, Lakeville, Minn., is a design assistant at 
Gabberts. Sarah Branstad '98 is a software engi- 
neer with Camworks, St. Paul, Minn. Kevin '98 and 
Jennifer Tripp Conrad '98 reside in Schofield. 
Kevin is a market manager for Sherwin-Williams; 

Stout Outlook ♦ 13 

Jennifer is an executive team leader in Team Rela- 
tions at Target. JoAnn Dopp '98 is a customer 
service representative with Fidelity Title and Guar- 
anty Co. /First American Title Insurance, Winter 
Park, Fla. Jason Jenson ' 98 is a network administra- 
tor for Vista Consulting Group Inc., Minneapolis. 
Angie Dhein Kablar '98, Madison, is a graphic 
artist at Kitson Marketing Inc. Michael Pacovsky 
'98, Bloomington, Minn., is telecom system admin- 
istrator for Dayton Hudson Corp. Terry '98 and 
Angela Christenson Ruchti BS '97, MS '99, reside 
in New Richmond. Terry is an assistant manager for 
Host Marriott Services, Minneapolis; Angela is a 
counselor at Luck Elementary School. Craig 
Sackmann '98 is a technology education teacher at 
Kenosha Tremper High School, Kenosha, and is also 
the freshman football coach. Craig Sandbulte '98, 
Apple Valley, Minn., is a Q A/manufacturing engi- 
neer with Medivaturs Inc., a manufacturer of endo- 
scope reprocessing machines. Eric Semingson '98, 
Eleva, is a project engineer for Phillips Plastics. 


Scott Bennett is maintenance manager at AMSCO, 
Rice Lake. Jason Bingham is employed in sales at 
Unisource, Denver, Colo. Justin Bolin is assistant 
to the director of property operations at Palmer 
House Hilton, Chicago, 111. Todd Bowe is employed 
by Hutchinson Technology Inc., Eau Claire. Ryan 
Brandt is assistant general manager at Wendy's, 
Green Bay. Jeffrey Brawley is a project engineer 
with Control Assemblies Co., Minneapolis. Patrick 
Carlson, Bloomington, Minn., is superintendent at 
Hans Hagen Homes. Cory Cegielski is employed in 
sales at Spectra Print Corp., Stevens Point. Rebecca 
Dal Santo is a production scheduler at Color Arts, 
Racine. Patricia Deutsch is catering sales manager 
for the Doubletree Park Place Hotel, Minneapolis. 
Corianne Dietz is a scientist with Kimberly Clark 
Corp., Neenah. Todd Ellis is employed in customer 
service/estimating at Master Litho, Appleton. Kari 
Falness is a furniture consultant for Dayton Hudson, 
Edina, Minn. Lisa Foss, Reedsburg, is a dietetic 
intern at UW-Madison Hospital and Clinics. Gayle 
Frambs is a community support professional with 
Northern Pines Community Programs, Rice Lake. 
Paul Gilles is a project manager at M. Ecker & Co 
Inc., Chicago, 111. Skye Harney is employed by 
IBM, Rochester, Minn. Carl Hert teaches market- 
ing at Medford Area Senior High School. Douglas 
Hinderliter is a manufacturing engineer with Trostel 
Ltd., Whitewater. Kari Hippauf is a sales assistant 
for Hudson Flooring, Hudson. Tara Johnson is an 
analyst with Andersen Consulting, Minneapolis. 
Diane Koehn is human resource manager at K mart, 
Menomonie. Vessela Kouneva is a family worker 
with Reuben Lindh Family Service, Minneapolis. 
Mary Lambrecht is a marriage and family therapist 
with the Center for Family Healing, Menasha. Ryan 
Ledebuhr is a visual arts intern at Mead Paper, 
Escanaba, Mich. Alex Lockovitch, St. Joseph, Mich., 
is a sales representative for Menasha Corp. Kristin 
Loomis is an account manager associate with 
Quebecor Printing, St. Cloud, Minn. Kristin Manion 
is a technical support engineer with Unimax Sys- 
tems Corp., Minneapolis. Andrew Neumann is 
assistant general manager at Extended Stay America, 
Darien, 111. Holly Petersen, Green Bay, is employed 
by Graphic Management Corp. Jason Petersohn is 
a consultant with Discovery Consultant Solutions 
Inc., St. Paul, Minn. Nordine Raki is a department 
manager at The Old Spaghetti Factory, Minneapo- 
lis. Michael Rosenow is a customer service repre- 
sentative for Banta Co., Menasha. David Ruedy, 
Madison, is assistant general manger at La Quinta 
Inns and Suites. Joyce Schultz is employed in 
packaging sales at Impressions Inc., St. Paul, Minn. 
Eric Sinz, Elmwood, is a project administrator for 
Metatec Corp. John Songs is employed by Harvest 
Restaurant and Truck Stop, Wittenburg. Lana 
Sorenson is a consultant for Solutia Consulting Inc., 
Stillwater, Minn. Justin Spano is executive steward 
at the St. Paul Hotel, St. Paul, Minn. Christopher 
Swita is an estimator/production scheduler for Fort 
Dearborn Flexible Packaging, Elk Grove Village, 
111. Tara Tepe is a convention service manager for 
Walt Disney World-Disney Institute, Lake Buena 
Vista, Fla. Tracy Thill is a placement specialist 
with Hjelmeland Rehabilitation Consultants Inc., 

Edina, Minn. Heidi Thoe is a customer service 
specialist with Color Associates Inc., St. Louis, Mo. 
Elizabeth Thompson is a customer service repre- 
sentative for Troyk Printing Corp., Franklin. Jef- 
frey Tietz is a big business consultant for U.S. West. 
Sarah Torgerson is assistant manager at Maurices, 
Maplewood, Minn. Gene Tremblay is a job place- 
ment specialist for Indianhead Enterprises Inc., 
Menomonie. Nicholas Wambach is sales manager 
for Bristol Hotels and Resorts-Courtyard by Marriott, 
Houston, Texas. Bradley Windjue is a sales trainee 
with Northland Electric Supply, Eau Claire. Heather 
Wold is an employee benefits processor at Norwest 
Retirement Plan Service Center, Roseville, Minn. 
Edward Wroblewski is a project engineer with 
Control Assemblies Co., Minneapolis. Andrea Wyss 
is a main line consulting analyst for Andersen Con- 
sulting, Minneapolis. Shana York, Woodbury, 
Minn., is an independent agent with Mass Mutual. 
Michael Zoladkiewicz is an event manager for 
Aramark Corp., Minneapolis. 


Luanne and Richard Burdick BS '74, MS '76, Feb. 
19, 1999. Couple resides in Greendale. Patricia 
Scheibel '75 to Eric Vollrath, July 10. Couple re- 
sides in Sturgeon Bay. Sandra DeByl to Richard 
Potter BS '76, MS '92, Aug. 14. Couple resides in 
Nekoosa. Connie Dorschel '84 to Steven Ludy, 
Sept. 18. Couple resides in Green Bay. Kimberly 
Braaten to Daniel Strand ' 87, July 3. Couple resides 
in North Mankato, Minn. Audrey Carlone '89 to 
Robert Millard '88, Aug. 11. Couple resides in St. 
Louis Park, Minn. Kerri Aschenbrenner to Jay Link 
'90, June 27, 1998. Couple resides in Minong. Jen- 
nifer Denis 90 to Todd Hoefler, Dec. 31, 1998. 
Couple resides in Cary, N.C. Brenda Eske MS '90 
to Rick Doppenberg, May 1999. Couple resides in 
Rock Valley, Iowa. Kristine Knutsen '90 to Kevin 
Zimdars '90, July 10. Couple resides inMenomonee 
Falls. Debra Zabel '90 to Kip Herrmann, July 24. 
Couple resides in Blue Earth, Minn. Christi Brandon 
to John Archer MS '91, Aug. 14. Couple resides in 
Kenosha. Julie Jost to Richard Schuster '91, June 
25 . Couple resides in West Allis . Jennifer Scharmer 
'91 to Dennis Noll, Aug. 7. Couple resides in 
Woodbury, Minn. Jill Swiggum ' 9 1 to Kirk Leitzen, 
July 24. Couple resides in Monroe. Lisa Joslin '92 
to Doug Miller, June 26. Couple resides in Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. Vicki Mendham '92 to Richard 
Whitehead, Aug. 21 . Couple resides in Watersmeet, 
Mich. Kathleen Crull '93 to Thomas Ebeling, Aug. 
7. Couple resides in Victorville, Calif. Kim Kozicki 
'93 to Thomas Flottemesch, May 28. Couple resides 
in Moscow, Idaho. Jenny Mahlkuch '93 to James 
Gilbertson '92, Nov. 17. Couple resides in Prior 
Lake, Minn. Michelle Styer '93 to Greg Kressin, 
July 24. Couple resides in Menomonie. Teri Balk 
'94 to Robert Smith '94, Aug. 21 . Couple resides in 
Billings, Mont. Jennifer Esping '94 to Mark 
Veenendaal '95, April 17, 1999. Couple resides in 
Minnetonka, Minn. Jennifer Sweet '94 to Scott 
Komp, June 26. Couple resides in Milwaukee. Kandi 
Geurts '95 to John Wendlendt, Aug. 29, 1998. 
Couple resides in De Pere. Ann Gardner BS '95, 
MS '98 to Dan Kinney, Aug. 28. Couple resides in 
Liberty, Mo. Tasha Peck '95 to Troy Schmidt, June 
27. Couple resides in Racine. Carri Seprafski to 
Mitchell Kersten '95, Sept. 27, 1998. Couple re- 
sides in Manitowoc. Susan Forslund Smithhart 
'95 to William Rebman, April 16, 1999. Couple 
resides in Janesville. Jessica Beilfuss '96 to Rich- 
ard Wellner '96, Aug. 14. Couple resides in Knox- 
ville, Tenn. Kimberly Kalkbrenner '96 to Chad La 
Roche, Oct. 23. Couple resides in Eden Prairie, 
Minn. Jennifer Kelley '96 to Brian Kemp '98, 
Sept. 25. Couple resides in Rochester, Minn. Heidi 
Price '96 to Jared Hawley, June 12. Couple resides 
in Flint, Mich. Kelly Bon Durant to Ricky Seidel 
'97, July 3. Couple resides in Stoughton. Leah 
Brown '97 to Allen Kluz '97, May 22. Couple 
resides in St. Anthony, Minn. Andrea Busch '97 to 
Daniel Stiller, June 28, 1997. Couple resides in 
Combined Locks. Missy Walz to Jason Dierks '97, 
July 17. Couple resides in Hudson. Jessica Carroll 
'98 to Shawn Neri '97, April 1999. Couple resides 
in Shakopee, Minn. Leslie deLima '98 to David 

Ingiald, Aug. 21. Couple resides in St. Paul, Minn. 
Angie Dhein '98 to Dan Kablar, Aug. 8, 1998. 
Couple resides in Madison. Alicia Evanson '98 to 
Matthew Andersen '98, Aug. 14. Couple resides in 
Rice Lake. Lynn Guyette to Aaron Schumacher 
'98, July 9. Couple resides in Appleton. Kathryn 
Kaiser '98 to Matthew Rolli '98, Oct. 9. Couple 
resides in Baldwin. Jennifer Tripp '98 to Kevin 
Conrad '98, Aug. 7. Couple resides in Schofield. 
Kathryn Detienne '99 to Jeff Eisenreich BS '96, 
MS '98, June 5. Couple resides in Shakopee, Minn. 
Amy Larson ' 99 to Kevin Baas ' 96, July 24. Couple 
resides in Burnsville, Minn. 


A daughter, Anna Margarete, March 24, 1999, to 
David and Julie Bacon Mundahl '75, Loretto, 
Minn. A son, Joshua David, July 21, to David '75 
and Jean Tillman, New Brighton, Minn. A daughter, 
Danielle Morgan, Feb. 1, 1999, to Dean and Sharon 
Tiegs Richardson '81, Janesville. A son, William 
Robert James, Sept. 27, to Randall '82 and Kathy 
Birr, Tulsa, Okla. A son, Conner Lee, July 30, to 
Jack '82 and Cindy Lemke, Neenah. A daughter, 
Alyssa Lynn, April 20, to Mark and Linda Van 
Thull Cigainero '83, Sachse, Texas. A daughter, 
Sarah Frances, Jan. 13, 1999, to Gerald and Eliza- 
beth Woletz Gunderson ' 84, St. Louis Park, Minn. 
A son, Samuel Victor, Jan. 21, 1999, to Kevin and 
Karen Brouwer Gunvalson ' 84, Montello. A daugh- 
ter, Jessica Ann, July 18, to John '84 and Sheila 
Link, Merrill. A son, Spencer, Nov. 9, 1998, to 
Michael and Jane Belongea McGee '85, Winfield, 
111. A son, Carson James, May 16, to Michael '85 
and Kim Menke, Rockford, 111. A daughter, SaraKate 
Ann, to Mark ' 86 and Elizabeth Klein Pasbrig ' 87, 
Elk Grove Village. 111. A son, Eric John, July 31, to 
Peter and Lynn Dedering Sell '86, Wauwatosa. A 
son, Joseph Charlie, April 7, 1999, to Jeremy and 
Amy Nelson Brisson '88, Minneapolis. A son, 
Carson James, Dec. 4, to James '88 and Deana 
Christenson Gorecki '91, Pewaukee. A daughter, 
Mary Katherine, March 21, 1999, to Michael '88 
and Margaret Hackworthy, Huntley, 111. A son, 
Jacob Andrew, Nov. 22, to Andrew '88 and Lisa 
Ruge, Arlington, Va. A son, Zachary Phillip, June 7, 
to Scott '88 and Jodi Stuckey, St. Charles, Mo. A 
daughter, Isabel Rose, March 26, 1999, to Mark BS 
'88, MS '92 and Valerie Toelle, Shullsburg. A son, 
Benedict Scott, Aug. 17, to James '89 and Kristin 
Hall Borgerding '89, Janesville. A son, Justin, 
March 2, 1999, to Mark BS '89, MS '96 and 
Danielle Buesing Glen '93, Rochester, Minn. A 
son, Devin Brian, July 8, to Brian and Paula DeBaker 
Post '89, Gurnee, 111. A son, Connor, June 7, to 
James and Barbara McCants Hasselman '90, Ply- 
mouth, Minn. A son, Nicholas William, Nov. 20, 
1998, to Brian '90 and Lorinda Warnke Horky '93, 
Elk Mound. A daughter, Kenia Adaline, Aug. 6, to 
Jay ' 90 and Kerri Link, Minong. A daughter, Amanda 
Joy, Aug. 20, to Dan and Linda Sodaro Prozeralik 
' 90, Lake Worth, Fla. A son, Connor, April 29, 1 999, 
to Steven '91 and Michelle Kainz Bitzer '91, Stur- 
geon Bay. A daughter, Samantha Marie, July 24, to 
Thomas and Deborah Stromgren Braesch '91, 
Rogers, Minn. A daughter, Elaine Cecile, June 3, to 
Daniel and Emma Eberhardy Breed '91 , Rice Lake. 
A daughter, Samantha Cassidy, Sept. 7, to Lynn BS 
'91, MS '92 and Lynn Carr-Berry '92, Wausau. A 
son, Christopher Allen, Aug. 2, to Rory '91 and 
Emma Reed, West Milwaukee. A son, Jack Connor, 
July 7, to Jeffrey and Gina Rostagno Wallat '91, 
Canton, Mich. A daughter, Andrea Michelle, July 
13, to Steve and Michelle Leitl Elliott '92, River 
Falls. A daughter, Kirby Grace, Sept. 1, to Michael 
and Sharon Lenius Olive '92, San Antonio, Texas. 
A son, Rick, April 15, 1999, to Richard and Lynn 
Morrow Patton '92, Cleveland, Ohio. A son, Zachary 
Mark, Aug. 14, to Mark and Beth Helberg Sheasby 
'92, Arlington Heights, 111. A daughter, Brenna 
Elizabeth, July 1999, to Andres and Julianne 
Hastings Taylor BS '92, MS '98, Menomonie. A 
son, Cole Douglas, Aug. 30, 1998, to Andrew '93 
and Carolyn "Ally" Williams Adams '93, 
Stoughton. A son, Clayton Stanley Theodore, Dec. 
8, to Michael and Andrea Bula Huss '93, Appleton. 
A son, Nathan Robert, July 24, to Robert '93 and 
Stephanie Lindberg, Bloomington, Minn. A son, 

Cullen Christopher, Feb. 4, 1999, to Christopher and 
Amy Justman Schmoldt '93, West Bend. A son, 
Thomas Isaiah, Aug. 26, to Thomas ' 93 and Roxann 
Rhodes Vanderwyst '94, Altoona. A daughter, Jes- 
sica Lynn, June 8, to Dale and Joyce Schwoerer 
Warner '93, Lyndon Station. A daughter, Macy 
Reagan, Aug. 25, to William '93 and Tracy Shukes 
Weslager '93, Gainsville, Fla. A son, Kyle Michael, 
May 29, to Erik ' 93 and Sarah Plappert Zeinemann 
'93, Aurora, Colo. A son, Collin James, Aug. 26, 
1998, and a daughter, Elizabeth Paige, Sept. 1, 1999, 
to Chris and Heide Reynolds Diekvoss '94, Green 
Bay. A son, Aug. 31, to Alan '94 and Stacy 
Liederbach Glowacki '95, Janesville. A son, 
Cameron, July 14, to Bryan '94 and Jeanne Nelson, 
Lakeville, Minn. A daughter, Elaina Marie, Oct. 9, 
1998, to James and Jennifer Tait Sowinski '94, 
West Allis. A son, Colten, April 2, 1999, to Jason 
and Kristin Hanson Squier '94, Farmington, Minn. 
A daughter, Alyssa, July 5, to David '95 and Nicole 
Hoiness Stratton '96, Burnsville, Minn. A daugh- 
ter, Sydnee Karen, June 17, to John and Kandi 
Geurts Wendlendt '95, De Pere. A son, Kevin 
Angel Kiril, July 7, to Kiril '96 and Kelly Wilson 
Kustief '93, Menomonie. A daughter, Cassandra 
Marie, Feb. 4, 1999, to Alexander '97 and Jennifer 
Zeitler, Rochester, Minn. A daughter, Amber, Aug. 
6, to Terry '98 and Angela Christenson Ruchti BS 
'97, MS '99, New Richmond. 


Charles ' 80 and Kelly Mandsager, Hibbing, Minn., 
a son, Alexander. Alexander was born Nov. 23, 1 996 
in Kazau, Russia, and joined the family in July 1997. 
Bruce and Brenda Varney Blair '81, Welch, Minn., 
a son, Matthew Thomas. Matthew was born Feb. 13, 
1998, and joined the family on Feb. 21, 1999 at 12 
months of age. Steven '85 and Carolyn Wolf Mais 
'85, Marshfield, a daughter, Maria Athena Rose. 
Maria was born Nov. 11, 1998, and joined the family 
Nov. 25, 1998. Robert '86 and Katherine Leuck 
Vincent '88, Amery, a daughter, Molly Ann. Molly 
was born April 30, 1999. James '88 and Molly 
Purtell Bergquist '89, Chaska, Minn., a daughter, 
Lily Jin. Lily was born Feb. 5, 1999, in Seoul, Korea, 
and joined the family July 27, 1999. 


Stella Timbers Blessington Dip. '22, BS '24, Aug. 
22, Kalamazoo, Mich. Carl Gavic Dip. '22, BS '27, 
Nov. 24, Indianapolis, Ind. Joyce Dahl Holmen 
Dip. '22, Aug. 9, Baraboo. Herbert Larsen Dip. 
'23, BS '40, Feb. 27, Columbus, Ohio. Ruth 
Grundgriper Patterson Dip. '24, BS '25, Aug. 12, 
Menomonie. Eleanor Chase Graves Dip. '25, BS 
'42, August, Carmichael, Calif. Elvera Kretch 
Nelson Dip. '25, July 17, Los Angeles, Calif. 
Gertrude Osthelder Fenner Dip. '26, Nov. 29, 
Manitowoc. R.E. Hagen '31, May 7, Monroe, Ga. 
Mario McCullough '33, December, Menomonie. 
Jack Helium '38, Oct. 26, Menomonie. Dora Matz 
Larson '39, Feb. 26, 1999, Cottonwood, Ariz. Anne 
Omsted Morris BS '41, MS '58, Aug. 3, San Jose, 
Calif. Jane Huntzicker '44, Dec. 10, Yakima, Wash. 
Marjorie Powers Moe Mooney '47, July 5, Pismo 
Beach, Calif. Melvin Olson BS '49, MS '53, Aug. 
14, Medford. Gladys Flannagan Bauer MS '50, 
Dec. 9, Oshkosh. Richard Roepke '50, Oct. 18, 
Baldwin. Helen Helm Russell '50, July 6, Austin, 
Texas. Melvin Witte '52, July 12, Murray, Ky. 
LaVonne Mattson '57, Aug. 21, Bay City. Peter 
Jackson BS '59, MS '59, Maryville, Mo. James 
Malotke MS '60, Aug. 18, Zellwood, Fla. Thomas 
Dinges BS '64, MS '65, Aug. 11, Toledo, Ohio. 
Harold Thomas BS '65, MS '71, December, 
Arkdale. JesmBoda Retzloff BS '66, MS '69, July 
16, Oneida. Paul Conner MS '68, Aug. 3 1 , Monroe. 
Marjory Meacham MS '73, Aug. 22, Chetek. Bruce 
Jehn '74, June 14, Fallbrook, Calif. JohnBlaha '79, 
Aug. 13, Cary, N.C. Steven Strand '82, Sept. 9, 
Milwaukee. Paul Kammer '91, May 14, Colorado 
Springs, Colo. 

14 ♦ Stout Outlook 

Alumni News 


Father Jim Trempe '85 

accepted a position as priest 
for St. John the Apostle and 
St. Ansgar parishes in 
Whitehall and Blair, Wis., 
and began duties in those 
parishes on Jan. 7, 1999. 

Trempe graduated with a 
BS in industrial technology from UW-Stout, 
and went on to Dallas, where he worked as a 
manufacturing engineer with Texas 
Instruments until December 1988. During his 
time at Texas Instruments, Trempe completed 
a master' s degree in business administration, 
with an emphasis in management. 

In January 1989, he moved to Wisconsin 
Rapids to teach quality assurance and 
manufacturing engineering at Mid-State 
Technical College. While there he began work 
on his master's degree in education at UW- 

Trempe left for Mundelein Seminary in 
Mundelein, 111., in the fall of 1991, where he 
began his study of theology in a five-year 
program designed for men who have received 
their bachelor' s degree or higher. 

The priesthood has fascinated Trempe 
since he was a young boy. "I would pretend to 
say Mass with crackers and grape juice when 
I was seven or eight years old," he said. 
"Many of you would have liked that Mass — 
three minutes from beginning to end." 

Trempe was ordained to the priesthood on 
July 13, 1996, at St. Joseph the Workman 
Cathedral in La Crosse, Wis. Since then, he 
has served as chaplain and instructor at Regis 
High School in Eau Claire, and has taught 
religion at St. Pat's and Sacred Heart in Eau 
Claire. "Teaching has been both challenging 
and rewarding. I love the kids and the gifts 
that they bring," he said. 

Trempe is now serving as pastor of parishes 
in Whitehall and Blair, Wis., and is chaplain 
for area facilities including two nursing homes, 
a health care center and the local hospital. 

"I will always feel blessed for the great 
education, the wonderful people and the 
experiences I have had in my life. Stout 
played a big part in allowing me to have such 
experiences," he said. "I have never been 
happier than I now am serving our Lord Jesus 
Christ as priest." 

Sara Ba rncro ft-Short '84 

owns and operates the Sandhill 
Inn with her husband in 
Merrimac, Wis. The restaurant 
is located in a Victorian- style 
home that was built around 
1896 by the local blacksmith, 
and doubles as the family's : 

Before opening the Sandhill Inn in 1989, 
Short worked for the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 
their Lake Tahoe and Chicago branches. She 
met her husband, Paul, in Lake Tahoe before 
they were transferred to Chicago. 

After two years at the Chicago Hyatt, 
Short and her husband decided to leave the 
city and open a restaurant of their own. They 
looked through all of Wisconsin, and 
eventually decided on Merrimac. "This was 



an area we kept coming to, and when we were 
here we could not find a restaurant we wanted 
to eat at," Short said. 

With Lodi, Sauk City and Portage nearby, 
the Sandhill Inn is located among a population 
of about 40,000 in the immediate area. "Madison 
is an unexpectedly big draw for us though, 
bringing in about 75 percent of our customers," 
she said. 

As early as high school, Short was preparing 
for her role today. "If I had the house to myself 
for a matter of minutes, I would have people 
over," she said. "I always want to see people 
having a good time." 

During her time at UW-Stout, Short recalls 
working as a waitress at the Haute Cuisine 
meals and traveling to Europe with Teresa 
Schulz, from the hospitality and tourism 
department. During her trip to Europe, Short 
visited kitchens of hotels, pubs and inns across 
the continent. 

Schulz made the trip very enjoyable, Short 
said. "Teresa is just a really great lady and easy 
going," she said. 

Short's husband is attending UW-Stout 
through distance learning, and is currently 
working on his degree while teaching at the 
Madison Area Technical College. 

Moira Quinn Leite '79, was I 

presented with the prestigious 

Distinguished Alumni Award 

during reunion and homecoming 

activities in October 1999. The 

annual award recognizes a Stout 

alumnus who exemplifies the Leite 

objectives of the university by 

outstanding professional accomplishments and 

significant contributions to society. 

Following her graduation in 1979, Leite 
worked as an interior designer for the Dayton- 
Hudson Corporation and subsequently founded 
her own design firm — M. Quinn Designs 
Incorporated. She is the recipient of many 
design awards including the Edison Lighting 
Award for her design of the Scholes Fine Art 
Gallery and Showroom in 1986, an Interior 
Design Award for small contract space from 
the Minnesota chapter of the American Society 
of Interior Designers in 1988, and an Edwin F. 
Guth Award from the Illuminating Engineering 
Society of North America for innovations in 
the design of Gloria Jeans Coffee Bean retail 
kiosk in 1990. 

Currently a resident of Annandale, Va., 
Leite has been active in numerous community 
activities. Within the Fairfax County 4-H 
program, she was a founder of the Annandale 
Community 4-H Club. A member of the Fairfax 
4-H Association since 1995, she is currently 
serving as its chair. In 1997, Leite designed the 
Fairfax County 4-H mascot, Cloverbuddy , who 
has appeared at civic and 4-H events throughout 
Fairfax County and Virginia. 

In 1996, Leite participated in the design and 
renovation of the Kennedy Institute House in 
Silver Spring, Md., a facility for severely 
retarded adults. The award- winning facility 
was a project of the International Fashions 
Design Association. 

Moira is a member of the Friends of Mason 
District Park in Annandale Va. The Friends 

present an annual Fall Festival and sponsor the 
"Spotlight by Starlight" summer concert series, 
and were the recipients of the 1997 Elly Doyle 
Award for the support to Fairfax County parks 
and recreations programs. 

June Madden '48, celebrated 
50 years of service in the field 
of dietetics at the annual 
American Dietetics Association 
(ADA) conference in Atlanta this 
past October. Ironically, 
Madden said that she was more 
interested in becoming a 


veterinarian than a dietitian while in school. 

In the years since her graduation from the 
Stout Institute, Madden has seen many changes 
both in her field and in the world. The passage 
of the school lunch act and a maternal and child 
health bill were key issues in post World War 
II America, along with state registration of 

She has been very active in the ADA through 
the years, having served as treasurer of the 
North Suburban Dietetic Association (Chicago) 
and president of the Coloosa Dietetic 
Association (Florida). She continues to remain 
active in the organization by attending state 
and national meetings and voting in national 

Attending Stout was a family tradition for 
Madden, "even my grandmother went to Stout," 
she said. Madden came to Stout when she was 
just 17 years old, and said she was too big of a 
joker to get good grades, but managed to keep 
a 'B' average. 

At the time Madden attended, Stout was the 
number one school in home economics and 
everyone recognized the name, she said. While 
the name was well recognized throughout the 
United States, she also believes that individual 
efforts make a great contribution to success. "I 
think you make your own career, no matter 
what school you attend," she said. 

After 50 years in the field of dietetics, 
Madden still looks forward to learning and 
experiencing new things. "I see every day as an 
opportunity to learn something new," she said. 

In recognition of Madden' s accom- 
plishment, her husband Mike established a 
$ 1 ,000 scholarship for a student in the dietetics 
program to use during their internship. The 
scholarship will be presented during the annual 
scholarship program on Sept. 5. 

Russell Rosmait BS '81, MS 
' 85, was presented with the first 
annual James Huff Stout Award 
during reunion and home- 
coming activities in October 
1999. This award was estab- 
lished to honor alumni who have 
applied the vision and ideals of 
Stout to their own lives and careers 



philosophy was "learning through involvement" 
and was the basis on which UW-Stout was 

Rosmait received both his bachelor's degree 
in industrial education and master's degree in 
vocational education at UW-Stout, and went 
on to earn his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State 
University in 1996. 

He has been a professor at Pittsburgh 
State University in Pittsburgh, Kan. for the 
last 12 years, and is one of only 30 Foundry 
Educational Foundation Professors in the 
United States. Rosmait was recently honored 
with the AFS Directors Award from the 
Foundry Educational Foundation. The award 
identifies Rosmait as the 1998-99 FEF 
Professor of the year. 

The National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration has also had the honor of 
working with Rosmait. He has spent a number 
of summers as a part of the Summer Faculty 
Fellowship program and has worked with 
the Engineering Cost Office at the Marshall 
Space Flight Center, where he assisted NASA 
engineers in efforts to reduce the cost of 
access to space. 

Tom Roth '88, has been I 
named director of marketing 
for the new Indianapolis 
Marriott Downtown, sched- 
uled to open in the spring of 

As director of marketing, 
Roth is responsible for Roth 
overseeing all marketing and sales efforts of 
the 615-room establishment. The hotel will 
encompass more than 40,000- square-feet of 
meeting space, including the city's largest 
hotel ballroom with 20,600-square-feet, 26 
luxury suites, concierge lounge, indoor pool, 
health club, full service restaurant and 
Champion's Sports Bar. 

Roth has been with the Marriott Inter- 
national sales team for 11 years. Most 
recently, Roth was the director of sales at the 
1 ,5 03 -room Orlando World Center Marriott 
in Florida. Prior to that position, he held 
senior sales positions at the San Antonio 
Marriott Rivercenter and the Marriott Park 
Central in Dallas. 

The opportunity to be involved with a 
project this large from the beginning was 
one of the things that prompted Roth to 
accept the position. "The real opportunity is 
to be involved in a project from the very 
beginning," he said. "When I started, it was 
just a hole in the ground." 

The future of the hospitality industry in 
Indianapolis is bright, Roth said. "It is an 
exciting city and is positioned to become the 
next premier convention center in the 
Midwest," he said. 

Roth is glad to see Marriott and their 
partners expanding in the midwest. "It 
provides an opportunity for people who don't 
want to move thousands of miles from home 
after school," he said. 

The education he received at UW-Stout 
helped to broaden Roth's horizons within 
the hospitality industry, he said. 

Stout Outlook ♦ 15